Drought and contaminated water cause 19 deaths in Zamboanga City, Philippines

A major outbreak of diarrhoea has resulted in the deaths of 19 people, mostly children less than five years old. There were 2,324 people admitted in 11 city hospitals due to diarrhoea between March 28 to May 14. Extended drought conditions have led to contamination of the city's water supply.

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Advice For Travellers

Contamination of the cities water supply with rotavirus is thought to be the cause of illness throughout the community. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to these viruses and many more germs that cause intestinal illness by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practising careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing. Drink only commercial bottled water.