Diarrhea cases reach 500 in Central Visayas

10/12/2010 - HEALTH authorities in Central Visayas yesterday warned the public of the possible surge of diarrhea cases because of the rainy season.

The Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) 7 has recorded around 500 cases of diarrhea in the region with no deaths as of October this year.

RESU 7 nurse Rennan Cimafranca said the number of diarrhea cases usually rise during the rainy season.

“Some water systems are not ready with the coming rainy season,” Cimafranca said.

Cimafranca said many diarrhea cases were reported in Antequera, Bohol since last week.

The number of victims has reached 42.

But Cimafranca said the cases of diarrhea were lower this year compared to last year.

The DOH 7 is still getting stool samples from the victims, but Cimafranca said that all six water sources in the area showed high coliform content.

He said the local government unit has already conducted medical intervention and has taken steps to clean up the contaminated water systems. The health centers are also conducting educational campaign to the residents.

Some water systems which are not properly managed would possibly be contaminated by the rainwater runoff with fecal content.

He said diarrhea cases are usually sporadic and difficult to monitor.

The intensity of diarrhea will depend on the type of micro-organisms that will affect the person. The usual transmission is through water and food.

Diarrhea varies from transient and temporary, others are micro-organism based like cholera and others caused fecal bleeding like shigella.

Meanwhile, RESU reported a decline in dengue cases in the region.

A total of 9,684 dengue cases with 66 deaths were reported with Cebu City still topped the list with 2,446 cases with 14 deaths.

However, barangays Mabolo and Mambaling have been taken off the list of barangays with dengue outbreak.

But a dengue outbreak remains in barangay Cogon in Tagbilaran City, barangay Daro in Dumaguete City and barangay Sangat in San Fernando, Cebu.

Cimafranca urged residents to remain vigilant for breeding sites of dengue-carrying mosquitos. (Cebu Daily News)

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