TACLOBAN CITY: The death toll from diarrhea outbreak in Samar provinces rose to 19 this week with 1,456 persons falling ill from the disease caused by contaminated water and poor sanitation, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. The DOH regional epidemiology and surveillance unit received reports on Wednesday morning of three new fatalities from the towns of Catarman and Pambujan in Northern Samar. The latest casualties are children below five years old. DOH-RESU chief Roderick Boyd Cerro confirmed the diarrhea outbreak in Samar province. The youngest casualty is four months old and the oldest is 75 years old, but most victims are children below 10 years old. Although the diarrhea plague is alarming, the official said that DOH is in control of the situation as they’re able to treat most cases through medication and distribution of aquatabs and chlorine to curb contamination. These supplies are also available in health facilities and rural health units.