FIFTEEN persons were admitted to the Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan, Iloilo due to alleged food poisoning.
Provincial Administrator Dr. Raul Banias, who is also the head of the Hospital Management Office, said 14 victims are pediatric patients while one is an adult.
Banias said they have yet to determine the cause is food poisoning although the hospital is also looking into a possible case of amebiasis.
Amebiasis an intestinal illness that’s typically transmitted when someone eats or drinks something that’s contaminated with a microscopic parasite called Entamoeba histolytica (E. histolytica). The parasite is an amoeba, a single-celled organism.
It is characterized by stomach pain, loose stool, and abdominal cramping, among others.
“They are under intravenous (IV) medication but we cannot yet determine if it is food poisoning because based on the result of two stool exams, they were positive of amoeba,” Banias said.
The victims reportedly attended a burial on May 14 and were admitted starting May 16. But Banias denied that the patients were members of a choir group.
According to initial report from the hospital, they were given sandwiches and water which may have caused the illness.
“We are waiting for the official report from the hospital. But it is similar to the pathogenesis of amoeba,” he said.
The patients are now stable but still under observation.