THE suspected typhoid epidemic in Borbon, Cebu is under control.

According to Rose Jao, head of the Provincial Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Pesu) and assistant head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development, the number of patients who display typhoid-like symptoms remains at 82.

The cases are confined in Barangays Lugo, Clavera, Cajel, Poblacion, Dakit and Laaw, and not in three barangays as earlier reported.

Problem addresssed

She said the deep wells, tanks and reservoirs in these affected barangays have been chlorinated. They’ve also distributed chlorine granules to every household.

She said they continue to distribute chloramphenicol, a drug that combats typhoid, while encouraging patients to take a vitamin A supplement.

Rolando Bucog, municipal administrator, admitted in a GMA 7 interview that 60 percent of town residents don’t have a sanitary toilet even though each household was given a toilet bowl and a bag of cement.

Meanwhile, the number of inmates at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center who display measles-like symptoms has dropped from 43 to 27 yesterday, according to a Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Resu) 7 report update.

Restricted entry

Jail Warden Romeo Manansala will restrict entry of visitors to the facility while some inmates remain sick.

“Dili pasudlon ang bata, ug ang naay sipon ug ubo (adult) di pasudlon (Children will not be allowed in. Adults suffering from a cough or a cold will also not be allowed entry),” he said.

Visiting days are Thursday and Sunday.

Sick inmates will still not be allowed to eggs, mung beans and seafood, based on the directive of Resu 7 head Renan Cimafranca.

Those who still have fever will remain isolated in separate cells, away from healthy inmates.

The CPDRC is home to 1,971 inmates.