DUMAGUETE CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) on Friday reported that typhoid fever cases in Negros Oriental increased by more than 100 percent with one death based on their latest weekly monitoring report.
Dr. Liland Estacion, Assistant Provincial Health Officer, told the Philippine News Agency that based on a report from the Provincial Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (PESU), the province logged a total of 288 cases and four deaths from Jan. 1 to Aug. 27, this year.
The figure is 103 percent higher than the 142 cases with no death recorded during the same period last year.
Guihulngan City has the highest number of typhoid fever cases at 77; Bayawan City, 29; Dumaguete City, 26; Ayungon, 22; Sta. Catalina, 18; and Canlaon City, 16. The rest of the towns and cities had fewer than 15 cases except for San Jose and Pamplona which had zero cases.
Estacion reiterated her call to the public to boil the water before drinking as typhoid fever is being transmitted through oral-fecal contamination of water, which is common during rainy season.
Meanwhile, the PHO also reported an increase in dengue cases in the province.
Records show that from Jan. 1 to Aug. 27 this year, Negros Oriental logged a total of 1,333 cases and six deaths, Estacion said.
This is 169 percent higher compared to last year’s figures for the same period at 495 cases with zero death. (PNA)