Philippines typhoid cases top 15,000 in 2022, 162% increase from last year

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The Philippine Department of Health has reported more than 15,000 cases of typhoid this year, a significant increase compared to 2021.

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According to official data, 15,092 cases of typhoid fever were reported from January 1 to December 10. This represents an increase of 162 percent compared to the total for the same period last year (5,758).

Areas reporting over 1,000 cases include the Cordillera Administrative Region (3,074), Northern Mindanao (1,962), Central Visayas (1,528), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Parem) (1,450), Western Visayas (1,063) and Ilocos. District (1059).

Additionally, typhoid deaths increased by 158% from 2021 to 2022 with 24 and 62 deaths reported, respectively.

Typhoid fever is a serious disease caused by it salmonella typhi bacteria. The bacteria are spread through contaminated food and water and personal contact.

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Symptoms of typhoid fever include high fever, weakness, stomach pain, headache, constipation or diarrhea, cough, and loss of appetite. Typhoid fever can be fatal without proper antibiotic treatment.

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