One dead, 130 fall ill due to suspected cholera cases


At least one person have died and close to a hundred residents of Badian, Oas, Albay were hospitalized after a suspected cholera outbreak on Saturday hit this coastal village, two elected barangay officials said in a radio interview this morning.

A health team has been dispatched to a village in Oas town, Albay province to verify a suspected cholera outbreak after a woman died and more than a hundred people were taken ill.

Badian village chairman Henry Monteveros said most of the victims suffered from severe stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

According to Punong Barangay Monteveros and Barangay Kagawad Fortes they were alarmed by the disease outbreak when close to a hundred villagers were complaining of severe stomach disorders like intense vomiting and loose bowel movements on Saturday.

Residents were rushed to Pio Duran Memorial District Hospital and to Pantao Distict Hospital for medical treatment, but the two government hospitals don’t have enough supplies of medicines and the patients were refused admission by the physicians, Monteveros and Fortes said in the radio interview.

Cholera

In spite of an estimated 3 million to 5 million cases of cholera each year in the world, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) are confident this potentially deadly disease can be controlled.

Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Symptoms may range from none, to mild, to severe. The classic symptom is large amounts of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days. Vomiting and muscle cramps may also occur.

Diarrhea can be so severe that it leads within hours to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. This may result in sunken eyes, cold skin, decreased skin elasticity, and wrinkling of the hands and feet. The dehydration may result in the skin turning bluish. Symptoms start two hours to five days after exposure.

Dehydration could develop within hours after symptoms show.

Sources include well water, seafood, raw fruits and vegetables in endemic areas where infected manure fertilizers and irrigation water can contaminate the produce.