Three died and more than 300 others were affected after an outbreak of Typhoid fever struck Tuburan, Cebu, said DOH regional epidemiologist Renan Cimafranca on Saturday.
Tuburan is a second-class municipality, with 53,663 people, according to the 2007 census.
Cimafranca told Sun.Star Superbalita that the residents in eight of the 54 barangays in Tuburan began suffering the symptoms last week.
Tuburan health officials told ABS-CBN TV Patrol Saturday that about 300 residents of the town are suffering from typhoid fever, with 60 others already tested positive of the virus. According to ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, the number of typhoid affected victims has climbed to 423 as of press time.
Most of those afflicted are children.
Giasha Aquilla, 7, Kevin Hernane and Angelita Rico who died at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center were the 3 victims.
Believed to cause the outbreak is the tainted water source.
To check the outbreak, officials of the DOH Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) administered antibiotics and medication among the residents.
Mayor Diamante’s office has organized a team to warn barangay residents to seek immediate medical treatment if they have fever.
Mayor Diamante’s spokesperson Elly Viscayno said that as of Saturday, around 300 patients, mostly with fever, went to the covered court to have themselves checked up.
They were also given free medicines.
A team from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) also helped them, said Viscayno.
The municipality is also giving away free chlorine and residents are advised to boil their water before drinking it.
As an added preventive measure, the DOH recommends chlorinating drinking water, covering food to prevent insects from contaminating them, washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly, and washing hands with soap and water before eating and after using the toilet.
Typhoid fever is caused by the salmonella typhi bacteria in contaminated water and food and marked by a sustained high fever, headache, general weakness, loss of appetite, diarrhea or constipation, and abdominal pain.
Source: Sun Star Cebu