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Officials with the Davao Oriental provincial government have reported 491 cholera cases in Caraga town since January 31, including six fatalities, according to a PNA report.

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To date, 84 people are still hospitalized for their illness.

Provincial information officer, Karen Lou Deloso said the provincial health office (PHO) started receiving reports of residents experiencing diarrhea on January 29 wherein most patients had experienced symptoms such as loose bowel movement (LBM), vomiting, and stomach ache. This was recently confirmed to be due to cholera.

The PHO, led by Dr. Reden Bersaldo, has immediately launched a massive emergency health response to address the ongoing cholera outbreak in the municipality of Caraga. Bersaldo said the teams will help in the active surveillance, treatment and monitoring, and coordination to help contain the outbreak.

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Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with cholera bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as “rice-water stool” because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower the risk of death to less than 1%.