Iloilo City’s AGE cases rise to 700

By Joseph B.A. Marzan

The number of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) cases in Iloilo City rose to the 700-mark over the weekend, based on recent data from the Iloilo City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (ICESU).

ICESU data as of Sept 24, 2022 released by the city government on Sunday (Sept. 25) indicated 701 AGE cases (29 admitted to hospital, 18 at home, 641 recovered, and 13 deaths).

Seventeen cases were added to the AGE case log, including 15 confirmed on Sept. 23 and 2 on Sept 24.

Out of the 47 active cases, Barangay Santo Niño Sur reported the most number (7), followed by Brgys. Ortiz (3), and Ingore, Katilingban, Loboc-Lapuz, San Juan, and Santo Niño Norte (2 each).

One active case were detected each in barangays Airport (Tabucan Airport), Banuyao, Baybay Tanza, Buhang Taft North, Calaparan, Compania, Concepcion-Montes, Lapuz Norte, Libertad-Santa Isabel, Marcelo H. Del Pilar, North Baluarte, Rizal Pala-pala II, San Nicolas, San Roque, Santa Cruz, Santa Filomeno, Santo Domingo, Santo Rosario-Duran, Sinikway, South San Jose, Tabuc Suba (Jaro), Tabucan, Tanza Esperanza, Timawa Tanza II, Veterans Village, Villa Anita, and West Habog-Habog.

Classified per district, Molo recorded the greatest number of total cases (160), followed by City Proper (144), Arevalo (127), Jaro (100), La Paz (59), Lapuz (57), and Mandurriao (54).

Males still compose a greater bulk of AGE cases (369), but female cases are not that far behind (332).

No new deaths were added to the weekend log. The latest fatality was a 6-month-old male from Project 4 at Brgy. Sooc in Arevalo district, who died from septic shock, high-risk pneumonia, and AGE with severe dehydration.

Seven new cholera confirmations were also added to the log on Friday, after testing positive for Vibrio Cholerae biotype El Tor, according to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City:

–          14-year-old male from Guzman-Jesena, Mandurriao district;

–          2-year-old female from Guzman-Jesena, Mandurriao district;

–          1-year-old female from Sinikway, Lapuz district;

–          4-month-old female from Sinikway, Lapuz district;

–          23-year-old male from Sinikway, Lapuz district;

–          2-year-old male from Santo Niño Sur, Arevalo district; and

–          55-year-old male from Sinikway, Lapuz district.

Out of these newly confirmed cholera cases, 6 have already recovered while a 4-month-old female from Lapuz district is still admitted in a hospital.