DIARRHEA outbreak kills 1, downs 171 others in Davao del Norte barangay

Contaminated water from a community water system is initially blamed in a diarrhea outbreak in a barangay in Sto. Tomas , Davao del Norte that killed a 68-year old victim and downed 171 others on Thursday night.

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Mart Sambalud, Sto. Tomas municipal information officer, confirmed the lone death and the number of victims in the outbreak in Barangay Tulalian.

A quick response team sent out by Mayor Ernesto Evangelista to the stricken barangay immediately brought the severely-affected victims to private and public hospitals following reports Thursday night of the incident, said Sambalud in a phone interview Friday afternoon with Davao City-based radio station SuperRadyo .

Sambalud said an investigation is ongoing to determine cause of the outbreak that includes a privately-run water system that provides drinking water to the barangay.

Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña led the health efforts on Friday, July 16 after several residents complained of experiencing loose bowel movement, stomach pain and vomiting, the usual symptoms of diarrhea.

Upon instruction of Mayor Evangelista, Evangelista-Lapiña immediately brought the personnel from the Municipal Health Office to provide the needed assistance to the affected community.

Municipal Health Officer Dr. June P. Lim and other health personnel provided medical care to several residents who suffered amoebiasis, a water-borne ailment.

The MHO’s Sanitation Team also inspected the community to identify the root cause of the problem.

The MHO is supervising household chlorination and intensifying community information and education campaigns on environmental sanitation.

As of Friday, the MHO provided 13 plastic beds, meals, and other medical support to the patients who were housed temporarily in the barangay covered court.

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