Issue of November 4, 2018

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Acute bloody diarrhea cases down by 5 percent
by PIO release

The Department of Health recorded 1,347 cases of acute bloody diarrhea, from Jan. 1 to Oct. 6, which is five percent lower than the 1,418 cases recorded during the same period last year.

No death was reported this year. Last year, a lone fatality was recorded by the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

The DOH said the cases were from Benguet with 555 cases or 41.2 percent of the total number of recorded cases followed by Mountain Province with 312 cases or 23.1 percent, Ifugao – 233 or 17.3 percent, Baguio City – 151 or 11.2 percent, Apayao – 32 cases or 2.4 percent, Abra – 15 cases or 1.1 percent, Kalinga – eight or 0.6 percent, and non-Cordillera provinces – 41 cases or three percent.

There were 706 males who were affected with age ranging from one month to 99 years old.

Geeny Anne Austria of the DOH-RESU said that entamoeba histolytica was the most common organism seen from the stool sample submitted by the affected individuals.

She said clustering of were reported in Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province.

Acute bloody diarrhea, with or without vomiting and fever, is commonly associated with pathogenic bacteria in pediatric patients.

The dysenteric process is also commonly associated with Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter sp. Aeromonas has been recently implicated as a causative agent of bloody diarrhea.

Diarrhea due to Salmonella, Shigella, and Campylobacter is usually self-limiting, with most patients showing significant improvement a few days after the onset of illness. Often, the patient’s symptoms have resolved by the time that stool cultures are positive.

Health authorities said acute bloody diarrhea should be considered a medical emergency. Its causes are frequently serious or actionable or both and are usually identified.

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