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NDRRMC Update Initial Report on Diarrheal Cases in Purok 6, Gapo, Daraga, Albay, 02 May 2011, 9:00 PM

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Sources: DOH-HEMS, RDRRMC/OCDRC V, PHO-Legazpi City

I. SITUATION OVERVIEW

· Based on the findings of Joint Daraga RHU and PHO-PESU, conducted from 27 – 29 April 2011, a total of 25 diarrheal cases were identified in Purok 6, Gapo, Daraga, Albay. Drinking from unimproved spring is the cause of said diarrheal cases

· Victims’ ages range form 8 months to 53 years old. Median 30 years old with three (3) fatalities, one (1) last 26 April 2011, confined at Ludovice General Hospital and two (2) this weekend, those already admitted in the BRTT Hospital. Fifty five percent (55%) of those affected were adult males (ratio: 12/22). Majority of cases showed signs of LBM (more than 3 times), nausea/vomiting, and yellowish to greenish stool

· Ocular investigation of the water sources showed that the unimproved spring is just located in a distant area where the victims were residing