Philippines health officials are expected to announce the laboratory results of the yet unknown etiologie(s) at a press conference later today.
The outbreak of diarrhea has affected some 3500 people in Samar and Leyte and killed 44.
The municipality of Sta. Rita has 327 afflicted persons, the most number of cases followed by Calbiga with 260 cases and 2 deaths and the City of Catbalogan with 215 cases and 8 deaths. Tacloban City has 38 cases with one fatality.
This comes as Philippine media report the outbreak is under control with less than 200 cases reported in the past two days.
The outbreak has been blamed on a drought in the region–contaminated food and water coinciding with the occurrence of El Nino that caused water scarcity, lack of sanitation and poor hygiene are some factors that significantly contributed to such outbreak.