The Philippines Department of Health has reported 6,062 cumulative cholera cases through December 3, an increase of 288 percent compared to the same period in 2021 (1,563).
Six out of 10 cases were reported from the Eastern Visayas region (3,744), which includes the following six provinces: Biliran, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar and Southern Leyte.
In addition to the Eastern Visayas, outbreaks of cholera have been reported this year in localized in the Western Visayas, Calabarzon and Davao.
The number of cholera deaths this year has increased 430 percent, from 13 in 2021 to 69 this year.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated, according to the World Health Organization.