Mart Sambalud, information officer of Santo Tomas, said in an interview that the mayor has declared the water, provided by the Tulalian Water Association (Tuwasa), unsafe for drinking and rationed potable water to residents.
He said of the total cases, 124 have been discharged while 47 are currently confined in various hospitals in the province – six at Rivera Medical Center Inc., 10 at Matutes Medical Clinic and Hospital, 21 at Carmen District Hospital, five at Metropolitan Polymedic Community Hospital Inc., and five at a medical facility of Tadeco Medical Facility.
The cases are from 128 households in the barangay’s nine “puroks,” according to him.
According to the mayor, the situation is now under control after the local government provided medical care.
Charlemagne Fernandez, the Municipal Health Office administrator, said local health authorities have begun an investigation of the incident but the initial environment sanitation report pointed to “poor chlorine disinfection” as the possible cause of the outbreak.