Typhoid fever cases in Calabarzon down 64%

Published June 5, 2021, 4:38 PM

by Manila Bulletin

MAP of the Philippines with Region 4-A highlighted.
BATANGAS CITY – A significant decrease of 64 percent in typhoid fever cases was recorded in Region 4-A or the Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon area from January 1, 2021 to May 29, 2021, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office said.

Sixty-eight cases were recorded compared to the 191 logged by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) in the same period last year.

Laguna recorded the highest incidence of typhoid fever with 30 cases followed by Cavite with 26; Rizal with six, and Batangas with one.

The Health department continues to remind residents to practice personal hygiene.

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Medical Technologist Kimberly B. Cu stated that typhoid fever is common in areas with poor hygiene and sanitation and lack of safe drinking water source.

“If you are unsure of the quality of the water, especially those taken from deep wells which are untreated, it is best to boil it for at least two minutes to kill bacteria.” “Also avoid eating unsanitary street-vended food as they are commonly exposed to insects and various environmental elements. When eating raw fruit and vegetables, wash them thoroughly with clean water,” Cu said.

“Essentially, wash hands properly with soap and water before and after eating and also after using the toilet as it is the best way to control infection,” Cu added.