DOH checking report of 2 cholera deaths in Caloocan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 28 2010 09:15 AM | Updated as of Sep 28 2010 05:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines - An official said Tuesday that the Department of Health (DOH) is checking a report that 2 residents of Caloocan City have died due to complications from cholera.

Dr. Eric Tayag, chief of the DOH’s National Epidemiology Center, said that the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) was expecting to receive water samples from Pangarap Village, where the reports of cholera cases are coming from.

Tayag said that aside from the 2 reported cholera deaths, the DOH received information over the weekend that at least 11 people have been afflicted by the cholera infection.

He said the DOH would be able to confirm the presence of vibrio cholerae bacteria, which causes cholera, in the water supply of Pangarap Village in 2 to 3 days.

The vibrio cholerae bacteria are present in water contaminated with human waste.

Tayag said that while the DOH is making the confirmation, residents of Pangarap Village who are experiencing acute watery diarrhea may use the 1-8-1 formula, which stands of 1 litter of water, 8 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt.

He said the formula helps prevent dehydration.

The DOH said in its website that if the acute diarrhea continues, the patient should be brought to the hospital for further treatment.

It said that in extreme cases, even a healthy individual can die from the infection within 2 to 3 hours if no treatment is provided.