Forget about the much-hyped
Severed Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS.
Just recently, Metro Manila was gripped by a real, life threatening drama
caused by an outbreak of gastroenteritis in the poorer and much congested
sections of the city.
Indeed, the microorganisms that
were probably the cause of the outbreak proved to be so virulent that in less
than two weeks, a total of 600 cases were registered that resulted in several
purported deaths. The Department of Health noted that there were two waves of
outbreaks, the first one being from Oct. 23 to 26; and the second from Oct. 30
to early November (2003).
Surprisingly no single cause
was pinpointed by the authorities--although public opinion was quick to blame
contaminated water supplies as the main cause of epidemic. To be specified,
fecal contamination, caused by illegal water tapping was blamed. In fact,
independent water analysis spearheaded by some sectors resulted, or so they say,
in findings that show 14 times fecal contamination that the national average of
2.2 per 100 ml. Of water.
At present, the gastroenteritis
outbreak seems to have waned due in part to public awareness of the severity of
the problem of water contamination.
for Safe Drinking Water:
you're not sure that drinking water is safe, don't drink it. Better yet,
boil it first before even trying.
your water. Contaminated water usually has an accompanying foul smell caused
by microorganisms. Discard or use for non-drinking related use.
in water purifiers in the market today that are easy on one's pockets. As
such, there's no excuse not to have one. Otherwise, go to the nearest drug
store and inquire about water purifying tablets.