CHOLERA PREVENTION ALERT
What is cholera?
Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated by bacteria known as Vibrio cholera.
Profuse watery diarrhea, “rice water stools”.
Restlessness or irritability.
Five basic prevention steps
- Be sure you drink and use safe water.
- Drink treated or bottled water
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Before, during and after preparing food
- Before and after eating food and feeding your children
- After using the toilet
- After diaper change
- After taking care of the sick
- Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly
- Use toilets
- Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it.
- Cook food well, keep it covered, eat all food while still hot
- Eat food that has been thoroughly cooked and is still hot.Be sure to thoroughly cook food especially shellfish.
- Avoid eating raw vegetables
- Clean up safely
- Clean food preparation areas and kitchenware with soap and treated water and sanitise.
- All toilets to be cleaned and sanitized
- After cleaning safely dispose soapy water in the drain, food premises to use disposable wipes for cleaning.
Visit any of the City Health Clinics for assistance if any symptoms develop