BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Cholera cases in Negros Occidental continue to increase, with 72 cases and three deaths reported by the Provincial Health Office (PHO), as of December 16.
The PHO reported that Talisay City still logged the highest number of cases at 23, followed by Silay City with 21 cases and one death, EB Magalona with 14 cases and one death, Cadiz City – 4, Victorias City – 3, Pulupandan and Manapla with 2 each and Murcia with one death.
Bacolod City also logged 30 cases, as of Dec. 10.
No cholera cases were recorded in Negros Occidental in the past three years.
On the other hand, acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases in Bacolod City also rose to 486, with 17 AGE related deaths in the same period.
AGE is an intestinal infection resulting in intense stomach pain, or cramps, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and fever, among others, and is usually caused by contaminated water and/or poor sanitation.*