Philippines health officials say they expect the cases of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and diarrheal disease to rise with the coming rainy season in Zamboanga City.

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The city has already reported some 3,000 diarrheal diseases due to rotavirus and norovirus since late March, including 22 fatalities.

This has prompted officials to take actions to prevent additional cases.

The outbreak has been blamed on unclean water due to the drought. DOH Assistant Regional Director Dr. Joshua Brillantes said that water becomes contaminated during handling. The incoming rainy season will most likely be another reason for the spread of unclean water, he added.