Cholera cases up 286% in the Philippines through first nine months


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Philippine health officials reported in an update today that the number of cumulative cholera cases has risen to 3,890 as of October 1. This is a 286 percent increase compared to the same period in 2021 when 1,009 cases were reported.

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The number of deaths from cholera increased by 640 percent compared to last year (5 deaths in 2021 compared to 37 deaths in 2022).

Two-thirds of the total cases nationally were reported from the Eastern Visayas region. The National Capital Region (NCR), also known as Metro Manila, experienced the largest increase in cases as a percentage of 4,200% (43 cases in 2022 versus 1 in 2021).

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by infection of the intestine with bacteria vibrio cholera. Cholera is spread through contaminated food or water.

It usually takes 2-3 days for symptoms to appear after ingesting cholera bacteria, ranging from a few hours to 5 days.

Cholera can cause large amounts of watery diarrhea (described as rice water stools), nausea and vomiting. Rapid loss of body fluids can lead to dehydration, shock, and even death.

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