Philippines report another 1,000+ cholera cases in past month


by NewsDesk Laugh

The Philippine Department of Health reported nearly 1,200 confirmed cases of cholera in the past month.

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As of October 15, the number of cases was 4,102. As of November 12, health authorities have reported 5,291 cases.

And 5,291 cases were reported from January 1 to November 12, an increase of 283 percent compared to the same period in 2021 (1,381).

The Eastern Visayas region accounts for 60 percent of the cases in the country with 3,213 cases. Davao Region has seen 768 cases, which is the second most.

Officials have reported 62 cholera deaths in the year to date. This represents a 416% increase in deaths compared to the 12 deaths reported last year.

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

It usually takes 2-3 days for symptoms to appear after ingestion of 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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