The Philippines logged 2,650 cholera cases from January to August, the Department of Health (DOH) said. 

This is 230% higher than the cases reported during the same period last year. 

Moreover, the country reported 7,781 typhoid cases from January to August. The number is 109% higher than the cases reported during the previous year. 

Vergeire said that cholera and typhoid cases are similar to dengue, which increase during the rainy season. 

“’Pag tinignan natin itong mga kaso na ito, during the start of the rainy season nag peak sila, tapos eventually pababa na rin sila ng pababa. Just like with dengue,” she said at a media briefing.

“Because one of the factors that can contribute to the increase in cases would be the rains, napuputulan ng tubig ‘yung iba, may disruption sa water services, so they look for optional na para makakuha sila ng tubig and sometimes madumi ‘yung tubig kaya nagkakaroon ng mga ganitong insidente,” she added.

 

Ronald Espartinez