Public warned against illnesses from El Nino

MANILA: Aside from heat stroke, Filipinos should be on the lookout for illnesses stemming from poor preparation and storage of food and water as effects of the El Nino phenomenon persist this year.

Infectious diseases expert Dr Rontgene Solante said Filipinos should practise good hygiene in handling food and water and to keep their surroundings clean to prevent the spread of illnesses.

Solante said common illnesses during El Nino are typhoid fever, bacterial infections like shigella, viral infections like hepatitis A, parasitic infections like amoebiasis, illnesses spread by mosquitoes like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, heat stroke and food poisoning.

He issued the reminder after the Task Force El Nino warned that the effects of El Nino will persist until May and that the public should also undertake efforts to conserve water, energy and food. —Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN

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