Suspected cholera kills 2, downs 2 others in Sibulao PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 January 2012 16:29

The City Health Office has confirmed the death of two persons while two others have been hospitalized due to alleged cholera, a water-borne disease, in Barangay Sibulao, east of this city last Wednesday.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, however, could not give further information on the matter, pending the report of a team that he had sent to Sibulao to verify the alleged cholera cases.

“But based on the initial clinical presentation it was 80% cholera, but still further laboratory test has yet to be conducted,” Dr. Agbulos said, adding that his team of doctors and sanitary inspectors has not returned yet from Sibulao as of this writing.

A report reaching the CHO last Wednesday disclosed that two males ages 17 and 25 have died of alleged cholera, while two others ages 10 and 14 have been suffering from severe dehydration and diarrhea, and are now confined at the Zamboanga City Medical Center. No identities have yet been made available.

Meanwhile, Dr. Agbulos, who personally went to Sibulao, Wednesday morning, has advised the public to observe proper hygiene and sanitation by boiling the water before drinking, especially if the water is sourced from deep wells and rivers.

“It is really important to observe all necessary measures of cleanliness, especially during the rainy season,” the city health officer said.

Cholera is an infection of the small intestine that causes a large amount of watery diarrhea. It is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera that is usually acquired from contaminated water and food. — Vic T. Larato