NorCot health authorities contained outbreak of amoebiasis that downed 72

December 15, 2014 1:23 pm 

ALEOSAN, North Cotabato, Dec. 15 -– Health authorities here Monday said it had contained the outbreak of suspected amoebiasis over the weekend that sent 72 villagers into the hospital due to stomach pain, vomiting and loose bowel movement hospital authorities said.

Dr. Miguelita Patinio of Aleosan District Hospital, where the victims were rushed over the weekend, said of the 72 patients, 29 remained in the hospital for a day.

“We have four patients still confined and may be discharged today,” Dr. Patinio said of the victims all coming from Sitio Bliss, Barangay Pagangan, Aleosan, North Cotabato.

“We learned the patients’ source of drinking water came from a communal and open water well,” Patinio said, adding that all were positive of amoeba.

On Friday, the villagers started experiencing abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue.

About 20 of the patients were minors aged 18 and below.

Amebiasis is an infection of the intestines caused by the parasite “Entamoeba histolytica.”

Mayor Vicente Sorupia has ordered chlorination process while the local government unit (LGU) will look for other water sources. In the meantime, the residents were ordered to boil drinking water, he said.

In May this year, at least eight persons were killed and about 700 others were hospitalized in an outbreak of cholera in remote villages of Alamada, also in North Cotabato.

Patinio recommended to village officials to direct residents to refrain from taking drinking water from the open well and boil all drinking water before taking them.

“This is to prevent the outbreak of another disease that can be taken from contaminated water sources,” she said.

Suropia said the local government has sent bottled water to some 500 residents of two purok as immediate assistance.

The LGU also find ways to look for another source of safe drinking water even as Mayor Suropia appealed to the people of Aleosan to clean the surroundings, make toilets and help avoid water-borne diseases. (PNA)

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