Suspected cholera kills two, hits 100 in Masbate

By JOSE CARRETERO, ABS-CBN Bicol

Posted at Dec 23 2008 10:52 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2008 06:52 AM

More than one hundred residents of Monreal town in Masbate province were confined in a rural health clinic and in Ticao District Hospital in San Jacinto also in Masbate due to severe dehydration since last week.

Two of them died last week.

Most of the patients came from Barangay Guinhadap, a coastal village of Monreal.

Patients were complaining of stomach pain and vomiting.

Dr. Santiago Sagad, Ticao District Hospital chief, said patients might have been affected with cholera. Cholera is caused by consuming contaminated water and foods.

In Barangay Guinhadap, the water source is a well. Dr. Sagad added that most of the residents of the village do not have a sanitary toilet.

On Monday, rural health nurse Fe Cerillo visited the village. Hydrosol was distributed to residents and the water source chlorinated. Residents were advised to put up their own sanitary toilets.

Meanwhile since Sunday, around eleven residents of Poblacion in San Jacinto town were brought to Ticao District Hospital. They were complaining also of stomach ache and vomiting.

Dr. Sagad said the patients are afflicted with amoebiasis and were being treated.

Most of the residents were already allowed to go home after several days of confinement.