In a follow-up to the norovirus outbreak in Zamboanga City, city health officials reported Monday that the case count has now hit 1,174 in the past month, which is straining the capacity of private and government hospitals.


This has prompted City Health Officer Dr Rodel Agbulos to look at using the Paseo del Mar Complex to treat the burgeoning number of patients.

Health officials are also investigating the source of the virus–was it originally present in the city or was it brought from other places due to mobility of people.

“As of now the tracing of index cases is on-going,” said Health Secretary Janette L. Garin who disclosed that she went to  Zamboanga City along with experts from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and met with chief of hospitals to check the reported rise in cases of diarrhea.

Garin also advises the public to be vigilant with their hygiene.