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MANILA, Philippines - Catanduanes might be placed under state of calamity after the number of cholera cases in three towns in the province - San Andres, Pandan, and Virac - jumped to 3,390, while the number of fatalities increased to 19.
Local government and health officials held a meeting on Monday to determine if a state of calamity would be declared in the said province in the Bicol Region.
A water filtration device had been delivered by the Department of Health to Catanduanes. The device will be used to reduce the amount of Vibrio cholerae bacteria in the province's water supply, which causes the infection in the small intestine.
The transmission of cholera occurs primarly by drinking water or eating food contaminated by the feces of an infected person. Victims suffer from diarrhea and vomiting that can lead to rapid dehydration and in some cases death.