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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Philippines : Diarrhea kills 6 in Oro

Via Sun Star :

" DIARRHEA has killed six people in the village Tignapoloan in Cagayan de Oro City, while eight others, mostly children, were confined at the J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital.

Councilor Dante Pajo, chair of the City Council committee on health, said at least 14 persons from the said barangay suffered from diarrhea reportedly due to contaminated water from a well.

Pajo confirmed that water samples from Barangay Tignapoloan were contaminated with Escherichia Coli (E. coli).

"They get their drinking water from the well, which is not fit for human consumption," Pajo said.

E. coli is the most frequent cause of diarrhea and intestinal infections. Its presence in water indicates the presence of fecal waste.

Earlier, Tignapoloan Barangay chairman Renato Rances confirmed there were 11 casualties from his village, some of whom were not brought to the hospital.

Rances said most of those who were infected are residing within the boundary of Lanao del Sur province."

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