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486 cases of food- and water-borne diseases are reported in Bacolod.

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As more cases of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) and cholera have been reported this month, the City Health Office (CHO) here is continuing to keep an eye on the water and food sources.

According to information made public by the CHO on Saturday night, there are already 486 cases, 30 of which are cholera cases, which are severe diarrheal illnesses.

Between December 4 and December 10, 23 new cases, including 21 AGE and two cholera patients, were recorded.

Between September 11 and December 3, at least 17 fatalities linked to these two illnesses have been recorded.

Dr. Maria Carmela Gensoli, the city health officer, stated in a report that throughout the previous week they continued to inspect school restrooms, canteens, and water refilling stations as well as do fast water testing and disinfect wells in various areas.

She noted that health professionals also helped deworm ambulant merchants who sell in various parts of the city.

Gensoli also suggested tightening restrictions on water refilling stations through monthly inspections and full closure orders for stations that do not have the necessary licenses or water monitoring status.

According to Gensoli, they also intend to designate sanitation inspectors to provide the barangays with technical support in understanding the results of water sampling.

In order to prepare barangay staff to control ambulant food vendors by registering them for easy tracking, the CHO would also hold basic food safety classes, she continued.

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