DOH Checks Water Sources Amid Diarrhea Outbreak in Baguio City

DOH Examines Water Sources in Baguio City Due to Surging Diarrhea Cases

The Department of Health (DOH) is currently examining the water sources in Baguio City amidst a diarrhea outbreak.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong declared an acute gastroenteritis or diarrhea outbreak, with cases surpassing a thousand as of January 10, 2024. The first three weeks of 2024 have seen over 1,600 reported cases.

The local government called for an emergency meeting to address the escalating situation after Mayor Magalong and some of his relatives fell victim to the illness. Victims were reportedly experiencing symptoms such as vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Diarrhea Outbreak

On Thursday (January 11, 2024), the Health Department conducted tests on water sources in Baguio City after diarrhea cases rose to 308 within just 18 days. The surge in diarrhea cases began on December 21, 2023, according to the Baguio City Health Office’s preliminary findings.

The DOH reported that out of the 308 cases, ranging from 3 months to 92 years old, 11 individuals required admission to nearby hospitals. Fortunately, no deaths have been reported.

Diarrhea Outbreak

The City Health Services Office is conducting a thorough investigation into possible water contamination, collecting samples from around 300 establishments and households for testing. Results are expected on January 12, 2024.

The DOH is urging the public to always use clean water for drinking, cooking, washing food and cooking utensils, tooth brushing, as well as hand and face washing.

“Water may be boiled for two minutes (start timer after water comes to a rolling boil). The use of chlorine-based water disinfection solution or tablets, if available in health centers, is also recommended,” DOH said.

Diarrhea Outbreak

While awaiting the final results of the ongoing investigation, affected areas will be provided access to clean, potable water. The public is also encouraged to report any changes in the color or smell of tap water in their households.

The public has been advised against drinking tap water until the test results are available. Healthcare facilities in the city are prepared to handle an increase in diarrhea cases, assuring the community that hospitals are equipped to accommodate patients.

In a previous report, the town of Santo Tomas in Davao del Norte declares diarrhea outbreak

Diarrhea Outbreak

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