Large outbreak of diarrhoea in Samar, Philippines

Health authorities have declared an outbreak of diarrhoea in parts of Samar where more than 800 cases of illness were reported. Eleven people have died. The affected municipalities include Catbalogan, Calbiga, and Sta. Rita. The cause of the outbreak is not stated but contaminated water supplies are suspected. The specific agent is also not identified but is being investigated.

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