By Teddy Cambosa

Davao Occidental province in the Mindanao part of the Philippines has recorded a diarrhea outbreak in Barangay Butuan in the Municipality of Jose Abad Santos, Mayor Jason John Joyce reported.


The outbreak has left 1 dead and 33 others hospitalized in the town’s district hospital, as Municipal Health Office findings showed the outbreak was caused by consumption of contaminated water from a deep well water source in the said barangay.

“That’s where they get their source of water. We immediately acted on the emergency when the outbreak was reported yesterday morning and have prepared dextrose and medicines, and our rescue vehicles are also on standby,” Mayor Joyce stated.

He also added, “Those who will be referred to other hospitals will be assisted by the LGU-JAS, provincial government, congressional office, and Dumper Party-list. We also talked to Department of Health in Region 11 (DOH-11) regional director Dr. Annabelle Yumang and she assured us of the agency’s assistance.”

Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.