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Published On: Tue, May 13th, 2014

Philippines: Cholera sickens more than 200 in Alamada

More than 200 residents of the city of Alamada in Cotabato province in Mindanao have been sickened by a diarrheal outbreak suspected to be cholera.

Vibrio cholerae Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

Vibrio cholerae
Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

The Philippines news source, Inquirer reports Alamada Vice Mayor Samuel Alim that the death toll had reached 12 by 4 p.m. Tuesday and that at least 214 other people had been stricken in the villages of Upper Dado, Tigcawaran, Mampurok and Lower Dado and taken to various hospitals.

Provincial health officer Dr. Eva Rabaya said that she was assembling a team of health workers that will go to Alamada. It is not clear if cholera is the cause of the outbreak or where the source is located.

Cholera is a bacterial disease that can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Cholera is most often spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinking water. Water may be contaminated by the feces of an infected person or by untreated sewage. Food is often contaminated by water containing cholera bacteria or by being handled by a person ill with cholera.

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