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Over 900 Stricken With Typhoid In Philippines

By KJ Mullins     Mar 4, 2008 in Health
Typhoid has stricken at least 900 in a village just south of the Philippine capital of Manila. The numbers could rise according to Red Cross in the city of Calamba. The Red Cross is trying to track down the source of the disease.
"As of 5:00 pm today (0900 GMT), we have confirmed 903 cases. This includes those still in the hospital and those discharged," provincial Red Cross administrator Rutelly Cabutin said.
The Red Cross has also said that the disease has spread to a total of 18 villages. Without knowing the source the disease's spread can be stopped but when that source is not defected the numbers will increase.
The outbreak has been going on since last month. About 5,000 villagers have sought medical help during that time span from the government.
The Manila health department has not made any comment. The local district water authority has been testing samples. While the health department in Manila has yet to declare an outbreak local news has reported that hospitals in the area were running out of supplies and pressing the limits to services.
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