Hundreds of Duterte supporters flocked in the Manila Bay area to try and swim there. Despite repetitive warnings from the Department of Health that the waters there were not really clean and is host to about 330 million most probable number per 100 milliliters fecal coliform level. To give you a bit of comparison. The safest level of fecal coliform must be less than 100 MPN per 100 ml. And the one that we have there is about 300 Million. Just crunch the numbers.
Here’s what I found in the comment section :
Well just to make it clear. I am not up against cleaning Manila Bay as in fact shown on my previous blog posts that this has always been done in an almost regular basis in the past. Where different organizations both government and non-government groups consistently cleaned Manila Bay almost every year. Now it seems that the well-oiled Duterte propaganda machine amplified the recent cleanup as something that seems to have never been done before; which is completely false.
Fecal means ”tae” – So people swims Manila Bay with tae?
As the name explicitly states ”fecal” meaning an excreted waste by some animals or even human beings themselves. So what are the dangers of consuming or swimming in waters laced with fecal coliform? First of all. The fecal coliform is inhabited with a common yet deadly type of bacteria called ”E.coli”.
Signs of ‘E.coli’ infection includes :
- abdominal pain or severe abdominal cramping, often starting suddenly
- watery diarrhea, beginning a few hours after the pain begins
- bright red bloody stools around a day later, resulting from the toxin’s damage to the intestines
- nausea and, in some cases, vomiting
- in some cases, fever, usually below 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- fatigue, resulting from dehydration and the loss of fluids and electrolytes
Unfortunately one strain of ‘E.coli’ O157:H7 can have very debilitating effects on the human body. It can make you very very sick. It causes abdominal cramps, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. It is the leading cause of acute kidney failure in children. It can also cause life-threatening symptoms such as:
- Adult kidney failure
- High Fever
So next time when some Duterte hardcore fan tells you to swim to the Manila Bay. You must decline. First, swimming with ”liquified tae” isn’t really ”Instagrammable” and then second understand the facts and health risks. Don’t believe their senseless propaganda.