Cholera is a type of infectious diarrhoeal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae bacterium, which spreads through contaminated food and water. If left untreated, the disease can lead to severe dehydration and even death.
Department of Health Assures the Public
The recent cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal has raised concerns, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Gauteng Department of Health has assured the public that they are taking necessary precautions to contain the situation and prevent the spread of the disease.
Measures to Control the Outbreak
Apart from increasing hospital capacity and deploying medical staff, the department is working with the Department of Water and Sanitation to provide access to safe and clean water in affected areas.
Importance of Hygiene Practices
Residents in affected areas must follow the advice of health authorities, including good hygiene practices, and avoid consuming potentially contaminated food and water. Early detection of signs and symptoms is also crucial for prompt medical attention.
Reminder to Maintain Good Hygiene Practices
The cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining good hygiene practices, especially in areas where the risk of waterborne diseases is high. By working together and following the advice of health authorities, we can help contain the outbreak and prevent further spread of the disease.