Contaminated water supply in Zamboanga City, Philippines, causes 9 deaths

Due to lack of rain since January, the water supply in Zamboanga City has been contaminated with fecal material. From March through April, an outbreak of gastroenteritis (diarrhoea) has involved more than 1,500 infected people and 9 deaths. The responsible microorganism (e.g., cholera, norovirus, other) has not been reported.

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Advice For Travellers

Drinking municipal water is high risk. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses) by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practising careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.

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