City of Ekurhuleni urges residents to maintain hand hygiene

The City of Ekurhuleni has urged residents to take extra precautionary measures and maintain proper hand and general hygiene.

This warning comes after 15 people died from a cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, leaving over 50 people receiving medical care at Jubilee Hospital.

No cases have been reported in the City of Ekurhuleni.

The municipality’s spokesperson, Zweli Dlamini, said the city’s outbreak response teams are on high alert to respond to any cases of Cholera and to intensify health education to empower communities.

“It is also important for our people to note that our water remains clean and safe to use. Never drink water from unsafe sources such as rivers, dams, or streams, unless boiled or disinfected first,” added Dlamini.

Meanwhile, the National Health Department has confirmed that the cumulative number of positive Cholera cases has increased to 22, following the detection of four more cases in Gauteng and seven cases in Vredefort and Parys in the Free State.

“Members of the public are urged to avoid known or suspected contaminated food, water and surfaces, and wash hands thoroughly with soap before handling food or after using the bathroom to prevent possible infection,” added the department.

Cholera is a bacterial disease causing severe diarrhoea and dehydration, usually spread in water and is fatal if not treated right away.
Key symptoms are diarrhoea and dehydration. Rarely, shock and seizures may occur in severe cases. Treatment includes rehydration, intravenous fluids and antibiotics.

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