Philippines: Tacloban City reports nearly 200 cholera cases this week

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Earlier this week, health officials at the Tacloban City Health Bureau reported some 192 cases of cholera have been hospitalized, including four deaths.

City Health Officer Danilo Ecarma declared the outbreak as the situation is already alarming due to the rate of new admissions per day.

Ikarma said the outbreak could be announced if there was one confirmed case.

“We have been ordered to decommission ( ) the water service provider in the area because the samples collected are positive for total coliform and E. coli. They are the main source of drinking water in communities with high cases,” Ikarma told reporters during a press conference at the regional health office.

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Eldebrando Bernadas, the city’s disaster risk reduction and management official, said that checkpoints will be set up to restrict the movement of people from areas with high cases.

The Eastern Visayas team of the Ministry of Health, along with Tacloban health officials, conducted and assessed the cholera case earlier today, 29 October 2022, at barangays 106 and 39, Tacloban City.

For more information on cholera, the Tacloban City Health Office posted this video on their Facebook page:

Through October 1 this yearp., 3,890 cumulative cholera cases have been reported nationwide, an increase of 286% over last year’s figures.

The Eastern Visayas, or 13th district, the region where Tacloban is located, has reported 2,622 total cholera cases, including 11 deaths as of October 1, the region most affected by cholera.

This region includes 136 municipalities along with 7 major cities. It is home to six counties including:

  • Biliran
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  • Sharqia Samar
  • North Samar
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  • South Leyte

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