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Typhoid fever downs 160 in Cebu town

by on Dec.27, 2010, under Breaking News, Health

At least 160 residents of two villages in Cebu province have been reportedly been hit by a supposed typhoid fever, even as health authorities suspect a contaminated water. At least 30 of the 160 residents from Poblacion and Sta. Filomena village in Alegria town have been hospitalized. Local authorities said that the 160 residents showed symptoms of typhoid including a week long fever, when they went to the town health center for check-up. The report said that the health authorities are now taking blood samples from the affected residents to double check if they were affected by typhoid. The Department of Health is studying the possibility of declaring an outbreak of typhoid in the two villages.

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Rats infest rice fields in Candaba

by on Dec.01, 2010, under Breaking News, Health, Places

Mandili barangay official are worried about the infestation of hundreds of edible rats to their farm. The Mandili chief village fears that the rat infestation may cause a massive hunger as most villagers rely on their farm. The chief also asked assistance from the Department of Agriculture in Central Luzon. The barangay council man said that it is the first time that the village was plagued by the rats.

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Philippines raises bird flu alert

by on Nov.20, 2010, under Breaking News, General, Health

Philippine officials have step up watch against the H5N1 bird flu after a woman had tested positive in Hong Kong. The Philippine airports have heightened monitoring of thermal scanners to detect high grade fever among the passengers safeguard local residents. The hospitals also have gone a preparation with the possible bird flu cases. It is a confirmed late that a 59 year old woman had tested positive for H5N1 bird flu returning to Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland. The victim is in serious condition in a local hospital. The bird flu virus first struck Hong Kong in 1997. Six people died in that outbreak and all chickens in the territory were culled.

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Cholera downs 25 in Camotes

by on Nov.17, 2010, under Health, Places

Health authorities have started an investigation into a rash of cholera cases that had down at least 25 residents in Camotes Island in Cebu province. The residents of Calmante village in Tudela town fell ill after drinking contaminated water. Of the 25 victim’s 10 were youths who rushed to a hospital for treatment. The health officials said it is too early to say the incident is an outbreak, adding the victim’s also suffered from diarrhea and amoebiasis. The local officials in Tudela town cited information indicating the residents had drunk water from a local source that sanitation officers earlier declared unsafe.

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Bukidnon hit by Filariasis

by on Nov.16, 2010, under General, Health

A few towns in the province of Bukidnon are reportedly affected by a vector-borne disease called filariasis in the northern Mindanao. The DOH said the towns include Talakag, Baungon, Libona, Malitbog, and Manolo Fortich. Impasug-ong, Sumilao, Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Kibawe, Barangay Libertad in Quezon, Migkuya in Dangcaagan and Sampagar in Damulog. The regional health department office called them endemic areas in Bukidnon. The two Misamis provinces in the region affected less than one percent of the residents which the DOH said can still be declared as filariasis free. Filariasis is commonly known as elephantiasis, filariasis is a parasitic infection transmitted by a mosquito. It is considered the second leading cause of permanent disability among infectious diseases and has been a health problem in the Philippines. The infection starts when the mosquito bites a person and transmits the larvae into blood circulation. The larvae then develop into adult male and female worms and produce millions of microfilaria that live for two years inside. The adult parasites live for 10 years in the human body, actively reproducing microfilaria for five to 50 years. Symptoms of filariasis can be detected if a person has recurrent fever and headache, painful mass in armpits or groin, painful swelling of arms or legs. Rice washing colored urine and hot flushes felt over the body and the soles of the feet.

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Red tide alert of 6 towns in Bataan

by on Nov.10, 2010, under Health, Places

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Agriculturist Art of Bataan confirmed that six towns in Bataan province are positive of red tide toxin. According to the report the affected areas are the coastal waters of Limay, Mariveles, Orani, Orion, Acubay and Pilar. With this the residents were warned not to consume all types of shellfish while the red tide alert is still up in the mentioned areas. Red tide is harmful to our health as human can become seriously ill from eating and other shellfish contaminated with it. The health authorities said that a person who has consumed shellfish affected with the red tide toxin may experience any or combination of the following symptoms; facial numbness, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty, abdominal cramps and weakness or paralysis of one or more extremities. It is said that the red tide alert status will last for weeks or a month.

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Red tide alert of 6 towns in Bataan

by on Nov.10, 2010, under Health, Places

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and Agriculturist Art of Bataan confirmed that six towns in Bataan province are positive of red tide toxin. According to the report the affected areas are the coastal waters of Limay, Mariveles, Orani, Orion, Acubay and Pilar. With this the residents were warned not to consume all types of shellfish while the red tide alert is still up in the mentioned areas. Red tide is harmful to our health as human can become seriously ill from eating and other shellfish contaminated with it. The health authorities said that a person who has consumed shellfish affected with the red tide toxin may experience any or combination of the following symptoms; facial numbness, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty, abdominal cramps and weakness or paralysis of one or more extremities. It is said that the red tide alert status will last for weeks or a month.

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20 people downs in food poisoning

by on Nov.10, 2010, under Health, Places

Twenty faculty members and students were rushed to hospitals in the City of Bacolod in what the authorities suspect to be a case of food poisoning. The victims were from the University of St. La Salle (USLS). It said faculty members brought potluck dishes for lunch to mark the university’s foundation day, and the victims might have eaten spoiled food. It is also initially informed that a dozen were ill and were brought to the university’s clinic after launch. The victims were rushed to nearby hospitals when they continued to vomit and to experience loose bowel movement. Most of the affected were the faculty members from the College or Arts and Science. Some of those brought to the hospitals were from the commerce and business administration colleges. At least 12 patients were to other hospital and eight were brought to the Bacolod Doctor’s Hospital.

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Water in ATM’s not safe; health official says

by on Oct.27, 2010, under Health

Purified water sold through a water dispenser or through the so called automated tubig machines (ATM’s) are not safe and had no permit, according to a health official. The selling of purified water along the roads was not safe since it would expose the waters to contaminants like dust and crude oil said Department of Health. They also said that even transporting purified water in not an enclosed vehicle such as trisikad or motorcycle could affect the water. They said that this kind of purified water should be transported with a closed vehicle because purified water has no chemical disinfectant or chlorine since it uses the reverse osmosis process. They also said that exposing the purified water with sunlight would produce algae and other bacteria. They also called on local officials especially local heath officers to monitor these retailed purified water for being sold along the road because it also didn’t have any permit. The Department of Health was referring to the ATM, a water vending machine where a P1 coin triggers the water dispenser to release enough mineral water to fill a small plastic tube, the kind used to make iced water.

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City Health authorities warn diarrhea

by on Oct.27, 2010, under General, Health

Aside from dengue, Cebu City Health Department warned the public against other diseases, which are prevalent during the rainy season. Mumps, diarrhea and sore eyes are also common during the wet season. Most of the diarrhea patients were between six months to 15 years old. If the diarrhea is no treated immediately it could lead to dehydration and could be fatal. Diarrhea symptoms include loose and watery stools, abnormal pain, fever, bleeding and dizziness. Diarrhea is a very common disease. If symptoms persists parents are should bring their children to the doctor. Other infections disease that is fast spread during the wet season are mumps and sore eyes. Mumps is a contagious airborne viral infection of the nose or throat. Patients feel discomfort and fever and followed by the pain in the jawbone. Patients that have mumps should rest and take a lot of liquid. A sore eye spreads even faster than mumps. This viral infection inflames the thin covering of the eyeball and is easily noticed by the patient’s red, sometimes swollen eyes that are sensitive to light. A warm compress may be applied to the eyes to relieve discomfort. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will keep the body hydrated and taking vitamins will boost the immune system. Aside from dengue, Cebu City Health Department warned the public against other diseases, which are prevalent during the rainy season. Mumps, diarrhea and sore eyes are also common during the wet season. Most of the diarrhea patients were between six months to 15 years old. If the diarrhea is no treated immediately it could lead to dehydration and could be fatal. Diarrhea symptoms include loose and watery stools, abnormal pain, fever, bleeding and dizziness. Diarrhea is a very common disease. If symptoms persists parents are should bring their children to the doctor. Other infections disease that is fast spread during the wet season are mumps and sore eyes. Mumps is a contagious airborne viral infection of the nose or throat. Patients feel discomfort and fever and followed by the pain in the jawbone. Patients that have mumps should rest and take a lot of liquid. A sore eye spreads even faster than mumps. This viral infection inflames the thin covering of the eyeball and is easily noticed by the patient’s red, sometimes swollen eyes that are sensitive to light. A warm compress may be applied to the eyes to relieve discomfort. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will keep the body hydrated and taking vitamins will boost the immune system.

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Malaria Epidemic in Camarines Norte

by on Oct.24, 2010, under Health, Places

The Department of Health in Bicol has declared a malaria epidemic in Camarines Norte province after recoding 182 cases. It said that the epidemic was declared province wide to prepare local health officials against the spread of the disease. The Department of Health of Bicol is closely monitoring malaria cases in areas near the border of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur, specifically in the towns of Sipocot and Lupi, to prevent further spread of the disease. These disease is mostly victims were children and the elderly. Malaria is a disease caused by the parasite plasmodium, usually transmitted by infected mosquitoes. The parasites multiply in the liver and infect red blood cells. The symptoms include fever, headache, and vomiting. They usually appear 10 to 15 days after the infection.

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Police warns the parents for leaving the babies unattended in cribs

by on Oct.23, 2010, under Health, Places

The Manila Police Districts (MPD) issued a warning to parents and guardians against leaving babies unattended in their cribs. The warning after an eight month old baby died in his crib. The baby was left alone in his crib as his mother went to asleep at around 1:00 pm, according to the mother she found her son unconscious and the head bloodied when she woke up at 3:00 pm. She claimed that there was no foul play and that her son could have injured his head as played in his crib. She rushed her son into the hospital but the baby was declared died on arrival. The Manila police are confirming the statements of the mother. The investigator said that the baby’s head was in between the wood rails. He was conscious and bloodied while playing in the crib. The child’s mother refused to have case investigated, claiming that there was no foul play in her son’s death. The mother signed a waver at the MPD police headquarters. Mean while the police warned the mothers to take extra precaution when leaving their children inside their cribs. They also urged mothers to consider the safety of their children when buying cribs.

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Eight kids brought to hospital after eating Tuba-tuba

by on Oct.23, 2010, under Health, Places

Eight children were brought to hospital in General Santos City after suffering stomach pains, dizziness and vomiting for eating tuba-tuba (jathropa). The investigation said that the children with their playmates took a dip in the Silway River as they had no classes. They reportedly pick some tuba-tuba fruits in Barangay Labangal and they brought them at home and ate. The report said that other children was already released the hospital while the four children are still in the hospital but already in the good condition.

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Guimaras under state of calamity due to dengue

by on Oct.21, 2010, under Health, Places

Guimaras province is now under a state of calamity due to the high incidence of dengue cases. The provincial Governor said that with the province under a state of calamity, they expect to use the 5 percent calamity fund mainly for medicines. It is about 275 was remain confined in hospitals in the province due to dengue. Of these 41 were in the critical condition and transferred to better equipped hospitals in Iloilo. The health officials have been called on the public to keep their surroundings clean and dry to prevent dengue carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

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Doctor faces in charges due to selling in fake medicines

by on Oct.17, 2010, under Breaking News, General, Health, Places

Doctor who owns a clinic in General Santos City allegedly sold fake, expired and smuggled medicines. The job of the doctor is to prescribe not dispense medicine, that’s the work of a pharmacist said the representative of the BFAD. The doctor will faced several charges including the violation of RA 8203 that known as a Special Law on Anti-Counterfeit Drugs. The clinic did not have a pharmacist and that the doctor himself sold the medicines. The doctor said that he bought the medicines from pharmaceutical agents and medical representatives.

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Moms of Davao join the Global synchronized breastfeeding

by on Oct.14, 2010, under Breaking News, General, Health, Places

It is more than 60 mothers and a young one in Davao City joined the world synchronized breastfeeding day that is start at 10 a.m on October 9, 2010. The nutritionist said the breastfeeding is been part of the advocacy of DSWD nationwide where the mothers are educated of the importance of breastfeeding to children and mothers. Breastfeeding is the major event of the first 24 hours of a baby’s life when he/she takes in the colostrum’s from the mother’s milk that serves as anti-bodies. Aside from the nutritional values the nutritionist also discussed the advantage of the emotional bonding between the mother and her child from breastfeeding. The emotional bond that is created during breastfeeding would help make better the emotional quotient of the child. They also said that a breastfed child is intelligent.

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Crime rate in Northern Mindanao dropped in first quarter in this year

by on Oct.12, 2010, under Breaking News, General, Health, Places

The rate crime in Northern Mindanao is dropped in the first three quarter of the year. It list recorded this year than the record last year. The index crimes or the crimes which is usually happen is the murder, homicide, physical injuries, theft, robbery, and rape this all figures are all decreased. Meanwhile Cagayan de Oro is the has the highest non-crime index incidents that is followed by the Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao Del Norte, Iligan City and the Misamis Occidental. The lowest non-index crime is the Camiguin.

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Dengue cases in Negros Oriental was now decreased

by on Oct.12, 2010, under Breaking News, General, Health, Places

Dengue is also cases in Negros Oriental province but it’s starting to drop, it is decreased into 50 percent this month a Department of Health or DOH official said. It is decreased into 50 percent compared to last week that is 132 monitored. They believe that it will be decreased due to effective preventive measures. The efforts of the community by their village officials are led to destroy mosquito breeding places. This province is still on the top of dengue cases with one death that followed by the Sibulan and Bayawan.

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Dengue cases in Iloilo

by on Oct.12, 2010, under Breaking News, General, Health, Places

The place of Iloilo there is 22 deaths and more than thousand of dengue cases. The mayor said in this municipality that is many registered cases of dengue fever from the month of January and to the month of September in this year. The barangays and other concerned private groups are currently monitored and render immediate assistance to residents against the dengue fever. To prevent dengue the public was advised to destroy the entire mosquito breeding site like in the old tires, bottles of soft drinks and tin cans. The residents were also told to use mosquito nets during the night in bed were they sleep, must wear long sleeves, apply the anti-mosquito lotion and especially the windows and doors has screen to prevent the entry of mosquitoes. Because dengue is the most common disease during the rainy days as there are more potential breeding grounds for the Aedes aegypti disease that the mosquitoes are carrying.

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