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Diarrhea outbreak downs 233, kills 3 in Davao City

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Davao City—An outbreak of diarrhea here has killed three patients in Toril district, the Davao City Health Office (CHO) on Friday reported.

In a radio interview, CHO head, Dr. Ashley Lopez, said a 32-year-old male teacher and a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the disease, following the death of a 10-year-old boy on July 19.

The teacher, a resident of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, died on Thursday due to severe dehydration.

Lopez said the victim was renting a bedspace in Barangay Lubogan, Toril, where he was teaching.

The health official noted that the total number of cases of diarrhea climbed to 233 since July 15, with 21 barangays already infected—18 in Toril district and three outside the area.

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Lopez said a parallel investigation by their office and the Department of Health regional office was ongoing, but there was no official result yet on the water and food sampling, as well as the rectal swab of the victims.

“We cannot yet determine what exactly caused the outbreak,” he said.

Pending the result of laboratory tests, the city government has suspended the operations of food stalls in Toril until further notice.

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