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7 Basic Steps for Cholera Prevention

The scourge of Cholera has been prevalent in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe recently announced a cholera outbreak with some reported cases. Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of bacterium Vibrio cholerae present in faecally contaminated water or food. Cholera is often caused by insufficient access to safe water and proper sanitation. Cholera and kills about 1% of its victims by causing electrolyte imbalances and dehydration through severe vomiting and diarrhoea. There are ways to prevent the spread of cholera. Find out the 7 Basic Steps for Cholera Prevention.

1. Drink and use safe water

Use water from protected water sources for drinking, cooking and even washing fruits and vegetables. Boil water or use

2. Frequent handwashing

Wash your hands often with soap and safe water.

3. Maintain good sanitation

Clean and flush toilets after every use. If you are in the rural areas, use latrines or bury your feaces and do not defecate in any body of water.

4. Cook food well

Cook food well especially seafood, pork and chicken. Cover food all the time, and eat it whilst hot. Wash and peel fruits and vegetables.

5. Clean up safely

Male sure that your houaehold is clean. Focus mainly on the kitchen, bathroom and wash clothes regularly.

6. Know the signs and symptoms of Cholera.

The common symptoms try are diarrhoea and vomiting clear-like fluids. Other symptoms include muscle cramping and weakness. If you find yourself with these symptoms then go seek treatment.

7. Get treatment

Getting treatment will save your life and others as well. Cholera cases are quarantined and put on treatment. Patients are given Cholera vaccines which often take weeks to work.

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