Philippines: Hepatitis A downs 17 in Limasawa island

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By MELANIE L. BINGCO, ABS-CBN News Tacloban | 12/02/2008 9:32 PM

PALO, LEYTE - Health authorities has confirmed 17 of the reported 23 Hepatitis A cases in the village of Triana in Limasawa island in Southern Leyte.

The victims reportedly manifested sore muscles, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), fever and chest pains.

The Department of Health (DOH) said that spread of the disease is already contained. Affected individuals were already given medicines while the mode of transmission of the disease is still being traced out by authorities.

“It may be through food or water which has been contaminated with infected stool,” said Boyd Cerro, DOH regional sentinel nurse, adding that there were only a few of the villagers have their own toilet.

DOH advised people to wash their hands after using the toilets and maintain sanitation in their surroundings to avoid Hepatitis A which is an infection of the liver caused by virus found in stool.



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