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.
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.