Thursday, March 6, 2008

Philippines Typhoid Outbreak – An Update

According to a report in USA Today, the number of victims of the typhoid outbreak near Manila has risen to 1,477. The authorities have declared a "state of calamity" to facility emergency funding for antibiotics and intravenous fluids.

The outbreak appears to have slowed – at least for now. The number of new cases peaked in late February, and has been dropping in recent days. While the source of the outbreak has not been determined, health officials suspect the bacteria are being spread via contaminated water.

People planning to travel to the Philippines, especially to Calamba, the apparent epicenter of the outbreak, should take all appropriate precautions.

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