Diarrhea Strikes Bohol Anew, Downs 30 Athletes

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Diarrhea Strikes Bohol Anew, Downs 30 Athletes


Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR.

CLARIN, Bohol -- Less than two months after a diarrhea outbreak killed four persons and downed more than a hundred in Loon town, the disease struck Bohol province again last week, this time downing at least 30 student athletes from Candijay town who were participating in a sports fest here, a report here yesterday said.

The regional Department of Health (DoH) immediately sent investigators to Clarin after receiving information that at least 30 athletes were confined in a community hospital here after they were hit by diarrhea Friday.

Clarin is the hometown of the fast-rising boxing star Rey "Boom Boom" Bautista.

Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) head Rennan Cimafranca, who flew to Clarin after receiving the information, said investigators are still in a quandary why only the athletes from Candijay were hit by diarrhea out of the many student athletes from six schools who participated in the sports activity.

Cimafranca said investigators are gathering water samples from the site and from Candijay town to determine the source of the illness. The result of the laboratory test is set to be released this week, he said. …

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