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Acute Gastroenteritis Outbreak Declared in Baguio City

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has officially declared an acute gastroenteritis outbreak in Baguio City during the ongoing Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing. This declaration comes in the wake of escalating incident reports related to the disease, prompting immediate and intensified measures to control the situation.

Intensified Measures and Investigation

In response to the health emergency, Mayor Magalong ordered a series of actions this morning. Key among these is the massive testing of water sources across the city. This includes water from delivery companies and deep wells. The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) investigators are collaborating closely with the Baguio City Health Service Office and the Baguio Water District personnel. Their joint efforts are focused on expediting the data gathering and water testing operations. This collaborative approach is crucial in the ongoing investigation to identify the root cause of the gastroenteritis surge.

Current Situation

As of 11 a.m. today, the City Health Service Office (CHSO) reported a total of 1,602 incident cases. The outbreak has impacted 218 establishments and 80 households, indicating a widespread issue that requires immediate attention.

Public Health Advisory

In light of the outbreak, food establishments have been advised to stop serving tap and filtered water. Instead, they are to provide only purified water to their customers. Similarly, households are urged to use either purified or boiled tap water. The CHSO also recommends that residents bring their own water when dining out, as an added precaution.


The declaration of an acute gastroenteritis outbreak in Baguio City underscores the seriousness of the situation. The coordinated efforts of the local government, health services, and police are aimed at swiftly identifying the cause and implementing effective measures to safeguard public health. Residents and businesses are urged to follow the advisories and contribute to the containment efforts. The situation is being closely monitored, and updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Source: Public Information Office Baguio City

If you are in Baguio City and are experiencing symptoms of acute gastroenteritis / food and water-born illnesses please fill up this self-report form from the City Government of Baguio.

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