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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Philippines : DOH checking report of 2 cholera deaths in Caloocan

An article from ABS CBN News :

" MANILA, Philippines : An official said Tuesday that the Department of Health (DOH) is checking a report that 2 residents of Caloocan City have died due to complications from cholera.

Dr. Eric Tayag, chief of the DOH’s National Epidemiology Center, said that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) was expecting to receive water samples from Pangarap Village, where the reports of cholera cases are coming from.

Tayag said that aside from the 2 reported cholera deaths, the DOH received information over the weekend that at least 11 people have been afflicted by the cholera infection.

He said the DOH would be able to confirm the presence of vibrio cholerae bacteria, which causes cholera, in the water supply of Pangarap Village in 2 to 3 days.

The vibrio cholerae bacteria are present in water contaminated with human waste."

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