Health unit: Fewer cases, no need for outbreak call-A A +A
Saturday, March 17, 2012
THE Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (Resu) of the Department of Health (DOH) 7 has recommended that the typhoid outbreak status in Tuburan town be lifted.
Renan Cimafranca, DOH regional epidemiologist, said typhoid cases in Tuburan have continued to decline.
Yesterday, he said, only five to 10 new cases turned up. Three of these patients are confined at the Tuburan District Hospital.
Cimafranca said other patients who were earlier diagnosed with typhoid are
A DOH-Resu team is still in Tuburan to continue monitoring typhoid cases in the town.
“We are still consolidating the data (but) we recommended the lifting of the outbreak as we can see that the cases are decreasing,” said Cimafranca in a phone interview.
Two weeks ago, the DOH declared an outbreak in Tuburan after more than a thousand residents reported symptoms related to typhoid.
The DOH reported five deaths due to typhoid fever.
Cimafranca said 213 patients were admitted in different hospitals.
Health authorities blamed contaminated water for the outbreak. Samples taken from the
town’s water supply were found to be contaminated with human feces.
Symptoms related to typhoid include headache, stomach ache, distended stomach, joint pains and lack of appetite.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 17, 2012.