3 die from typhoid in Cebu

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 03 2012 07:06 PM | Updated as of Mar 04 2012 07:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Three people diagnosed with typhoid fever have died in Tuburan, Cebu, health officials said.

Department of Health (DOH) records revealed that there are 60 typhoid patients from Tuburan.

Twenty-four have been admitted to different hospitals while 300 more suspected cases are being monitored.

Most of the affected patients were children.

Residents have converged at the municipal covered court to get free medicine from the health department.

The DOH said contaminated water could be the cause of the disease. The agency has recommended the installation of water purifiers to all affected barangays of Tuburan.

The health department said typhoid symptoms include severe fever, headache and body pain. -- Reports from Carmi Cavanlit, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas; ANC