By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Four residents of Barangay Manlucahoc in Negros Occidental’s Sipalay City were tested positive for amoebiasis, data from the City Health Office (CHO) showed yesterday morning.
Dr. Florecio Juplo, Sipalay CHO head, said 31 residents are exhibiting symptoms of amoebiasis, such as stomach ache and loose bowel movement.
Ten residents are admitted to the hospital, including the four who tested positive for amoeba.
Juplo said they immediately conducted an investigation and found out that the residents were getting their water supply from a well.
They initiated the chlorination of the water source.
Juplo said they are currently waiting for the testing kits from the Provincial Health Office for water sampling and to identify the source of the amoeba.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, amoebiasis is an intestinal disease caused by a one-celled parasite called Entamoeba histolytica, through the feces of an infected person.
An individual gets amoebiasis by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.
Among the symptoms of amoebiasis include nausea, diarrhea, weight loss, stomach tenderness, and fever.
The symptoms may usually develop within two to four weeks after exposure.
Rarely, the parasite will spread to the intestines and cause a more serious infection, such as a liver abscess.
Among the ways to prevent the spread of amoebiasis include proper handwashing./DGB, WDJ