Philippines cholera cases top 6,000 for 2022
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The Philippine Department of Health reported 6,062 cumulative cholera cases as of December 3, an increase of 288 percent compared to the same period in 2021 (1,563).
Six of the 10 cases were reported from the Eastern Visayas region (3744), which includes the following six provinces: Biliran, Leyte, Eastern Samar, North Samar, Samar, and South Leyte.
In addition to Eastern Visayas, cholera outbreaks have been reported this year in Western Visayas, Calabarzon and Davao regions.
The number of cholera deaths this year has increased by 430 percent, from 13 in 2021 to 69 this year.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacteria Vibrio cholerae.
Cholera infects both children and adults and can kill within hours if not treated, according to the World Health Organization.