4 fatalities, more than 700 cases: Quezon town in Palawan under state of emergency over diarrhea outbreak

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A town in Palawan has been placed under a state of emergency due to a diarrhea outbreak, which has affected more than 700 residents since July and have taken the lives of four people.

Radio DZBB has confirmed via a tweet that the Quezon town was indeed placed under such state of emergency over the alarming incidents.

The victims were residents of barangay Alfonso VIII and barangay Malatgao in Quezon town, Palawan. According to an article by GMA News, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said the outbreak started in Barangay Pinaglabanan.

Contaminated drinking water continues to be the main suspicion over the diarrhea outbreak, but other possibilities like amoeba, seafood, and food poisoning are being looked into by the proper authorities.

Dr. Allan Paciones of Quezon- Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), said that all 14 barangays of Quezon town is now affected.

Meanwhile, the Palawan Provincial Health Office have reportedly distributed Aquatab purification tablets for residents to have clean drinking water.

Representatives of the Department of Health (DOH) are now deployed at affected areas to assist and investigate.