The Philippines Department of Health has reported more than 15,000 typhoid cases this year, a large increase compared to 2021.
According to official data, 15,092 typhoid fever cases were reported from January 1 through December 10. This is a 162 percent increase compared to the total for the same period last year (5,758).
Regions reporting more than 1,000 cases include the Cordillera Administrative Region (3,074), Northern Mindanao (1,962), the Central Visayas (1,528), Bangsamoro Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) (1,450), the Western Visayas (1,063) and the Ilocos region (1,059).
In addition, typhoid fatalities increased 158 percent from 2021 to 2022 with 24 and 62 deaths reported, respectively.
Typhoid fever is a serious disease caused by Salmonella Typhi (Typhi) bacteria. The bacteria spread through contaminated food and water and person-to-person contact.
Symptoms of typhoid fever include high fever, weakness, stomach pain, headache, constipation or diarrhea, cough, and loss of appetite. Typhoid fever can be fatal without appropriate antibiotic treatment.