Thursday, August 6, 2015

Albay health authorities closely monitoring food poisoning cases
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 5 (PNA) -- Local health authorities are continuously doing close surveillance and monitoring of cases of diarrhea due to alleged food poisoning in Ligao City and Oas town, both in the 3rd District of Albay.

A report from the Albay Provincial Health Office said 41 cases were monitored at different hospitals in the province.

In Ligao City, 27 persons were confined at the Josefina Belmonte Duran Memorial District Hospital (JBDMDH) and nine victims were brought to the Dr. S. B. Garcia Memorial Hospital (SGBMH) while five cases were reported in Albay Doctors Hospital in Legazpi City.

The cases that were admitted in the SBGMH had fecalysis, urinalysis and hematology done already.

Dr. Nathaniel B. Rempillo, Provincial Health Officer II, said in the report that all of the cases were treated and managed respectively by the different hospitals where they were admitted.

Ten rectal swabs were collected for submission to the Regional Health Laboratory V, Rempillo added.

A joint team of the PHO, Albay Health and Emergency Monitoring Office and Provincial Emergency Surveillance Unit found out during their investigation of the confined cases at the hospitals that the victims had eaten “palabok”, a favorite noodle food preparation, bought at the AC Pancit Malabon in Calzada, Ligao City on Monday.

One of the family-victims had bought one “bilao” intended for their afternoon snack, the three other families bought the said food item for birthday parties in Barangay Iraya Norte, Oas; Barangay Tuburan, Ligao City and Barangay Layon, also in Ligao.

The family in Barangay Iraya Norte had an additional spaghetti prepared at home, in addition to the palabok.

The other family (Ranidad family in Tuburan, Ligao City) had “bijon” as additional food, which was prepared also at home.

The palabok was shared to other relatives and neighbors, Rempillo said.

The ages of diarrheal cases range from one year old to 89 years old.

The median is 44 years old and 51 percent or 21 were males while 49 percent or 20 were females.

Majority of the victims experienced vomiting, bouts of diarrhea with foul smell, fever, abdominal pain and body weakness, Rempillo reported.

The team went to the AC Pansit Malabon but the establishment was temporarily closed, he said. (PNA) FFC/FGS/CBD/EBP