Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Health officials raise alarm over cholera outbreak in Catanduanes; 1 dies in Bato town
By Mike Dela Rama

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 10 (PNA) -- Health and local government officials in the island province of Catanduanes have expressed alarm over the cholera outbreak that struck the province on January 7 with 45 persons confined in hospitals up to this time.

An initial report received from the regional office of the Department of Health-Bicol Tuesday showed there were two persons who were contaminated by an e-coli bacteria.

Health authorities attribute the cholera outbreak to the alleged water contamination in the area after typhoon Nina hit the province on Christmas day.

Dr. Hazel Palmes, Provincial Health Officer of Catanduanes, in a phone interview, confirmed that one person had died of cholera in Bato town.

She said as of Tuesday (January 10), the provincial government has been closely monitoring the status of the 45 persons brought to the district hospital here. (PNA) LAP/GVR/MDR/CBD/EDS