Davao Norte town suffers diarrhea outbreak

DAVAO CITY — A Davao del Norte town is experiencing diarrhea outbreak which downed at least 143 people.

According to Barangay Napungas village chair Mariolito Maneja, no casualty was recorded and most of the victims are adults.

He added that as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, two villagers are admitted at the barangay health center, five at the Kapalong town district hospital, 53 stayed at home, and 83 have already recovered.

Maneja said the diarrhea cases started on 10 August and until Thursday, patients experiencing abdominal pains were still being treated.

Seven of the 10 areas in the village were affected by the disease, at least 30 percent of them children.

Based on the confirmatory test from the Provincial Health Office on Thursday, Maneja said the village’s drinking water is infected by bacteria.

“Bacteria were present in the water they used. However, the most number of bacteria were found on our supply, which is from a spring,” said Maneja, adding that the Department of Health has sent medicines for the victims.

He also urged his constituents to boil the water before drinking.

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