Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Diarrhea outbreak in Misamis Oriental affected almost 1,000 residents

The Regional Health office of the Department of Health in Cagayan de Oro confirmed that there are almost 1,000 cases of vomiting and diarrhea in the town of Tagaluan, Misamis Oriental as of the latest report.

Out of 10 barangays in the said town, three of these were largely affected since the outbreak occurred Saturday night. 70% of the cases came from Barangay Sta. Cruz while Barangay Baluarte and Poblacion have 15% cases and only Barangay Rosario has no case of diarrhea. Majority of cases were 15 years old and below.

Dr. David Mendoza, epidemiologist said in a phone interview that 300- 400 cases manifest real signs and symptoms of Acute Watery Diarrhea and were brought and confined in Northern Mindanao Medical Center and other private hospitals. The remaining 600 residents were already under control after given preventive measures like prophylaxis.

As of now, Department of Health, provincial health offices and local government units tied up in promulgating preventive measures. Massive information drive for personal hygiene, chlorination of the source of water in the site and utilization of private rural health centers for maintenance administration were done to put the situation under control.

Mendoza said that they are still not aware of the main reason behind the said incident but they are looking at the contamination of waters as one of the probable cause. Local government unit officials said that the investigations are still ongoing.

Meanwhile, the rectal slabs of the patients were brought to Manila for further tests. Results will be given after 5- 7 days.

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