Increase in typhoid cases in Central Visayas in the Philippines, with 1,765 confirmed cases so far this year.

The Department of Health in Central Visayas in the Philippines has reported an increase in the number of typhoid cases by almost 400 in two weeks. There have been 1,765 confirmed cases of typhoid as well as 12 deaths from January 1 to August 20, 2011. The majority of the cases have been recorded in Alegria, Guihulngan in Negros Oriental, and Cebu City. Health officials are recommending that people boil water for five minutes or treat water sources with chlorine before consuming.

Travellers in this area should be aware of the risk of exposure to typhoid and take all necessary precautions to avoid consuming contaminated food and water.

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