The Philippines country has also logged 2,650 cholera cases from January 1 to August 6, 230 percent higher than the figure in the same period in 2021, as if the Covid-19 and dengue infestations were not enough.
Department of Health (DOH) OIC Maria Rosario Vergeire, however, said in recent media briefing that “if we look at the figures in the recent three to four weeks, it is 18% lower than the figures in the same period last year.”
DOH records show 141 reported cholera cases the past three to four weeks. For typhoid fever, there were 7,681 cases recorded from January 1 to August 6, 109% higher than those reported in the same period last year.
Vergeire likewise noted that the number of typhoid fever cases in the recent three to four weeks is 12% lower than the same period last year. “So, if we look at these cases, they peak at the start of the rainy season, then they eventually decrease,” she pointed out.
Vergeire said that apart from the rainy season, another factor that contributes to the increase in cases is the disruption of water services.