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Philippines health officials reported in an update today that the number of cumulative cholera cases have risen to 3,890 through October 1. This is an increase of 286 percent compared to the same period in 2021 when 1,009 cases were reported.

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The death toll from cholera is up 640 percent compared to last year (5 deaths in 2021 vs 37 deaths in 2022).

Two-thirds of the total cases nationally are reported from the Eastern Visayas region. The National Capital Region (NCR), aka Metro Manila, has seen the largest increase in cases as a percentage–4,200% (43 cases in 2022 vs 1 case in 2021).

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Cholera is spread through contaminated food or water.

It usually takes 2-3 days for symptoms to appear after ingesting cholera bacteria, ranging from a few hours to 5 days.

Cholera can cause large amounts of watery diarrhea (described as a rice-water stool), nausea, and vomiting. Rapid loss of body fluids can lead to dehydration, shock, and even death.