Typhoid fever hits 144 in E. Samar town

Posted at 05/02/12 4:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Local health officials have declared a typhoid fever outbreak in Maydolong town, Eastern Samar after at least 144 residents were afflicted with the disease.

The patients suffered from headache, recurring fever, stomach pain and either constipation or diarrhea that lasted for several days.

The rural health unit in the town said 30 patients remain confined at the hospital. Most of the patients were children aged 5 to 9.

Officials said the first cases were recorded as early as March 12.

Due to the increasing number of patients, the Department of Health formed a medical team that will monitor the condition of the patients.

Health officials also ordered to collect water sample from Balalong spring, one of the main water source in the town, to detect if it is contaminated.

Typhoid fever spreads through contaminated food and water or through close contact with an infected person.

To prevent the further spreading of the disease, sanitary inspectors distributed water disinfecting solution to residents.  – report from Geron Ponferrada, ABS-CBN News Tacloban