Understanding Cholera: Do’s & Don’ts to prevent this bacterial infection

Cholera is a bacterial infection that primarily spreads through contaminated water and food. The bacteria release a toxin in the intestines, leading to severe diarrhea and dehydration. The common symptoms of cholera include Diarrhea, Vomiting, Dehydration, Leg Cramps, Thirst and Restlessness. Preventing cholera primarily involves ensuring access to clean water and practicing good hygiene and sanitation. Also, with reference to the articles that have been published over the last few days in connection with a statement from SPARSH Hospital, it has been clarified by the hospital that there are no reported cases of Cholera in the hospital and the number provided earlier was an oversight. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind to ensure utmost safety of every individual.

Do’s:

1. Boil or treat your water: Boiling water or using water purification pills ensures that it is free of harmful bacteria.

2. Wash hands as often as possible: Always ensure to wash your hands as often as possible, particularly before eating and after visiting the latrine.

3. Consume hot meals: Cooking meals well and serving them hot kills any bacteria that may have infected the meals.

4. Use clean cutleries: Avoid using utensils that may have been contaminated and opt for clean ones instead.

5. Maintain proper hygiene: Keep your habitat clean as this reduces the chances of contaminating water bodies.

6. Seek Medical Help: Seek medical attention if you have severe diarrhea, vomit, and dehydration seek medical attention promptly.

Don’ts:

1. Do not consume half-cooked food: Ensure that fruits and vegetables are thoroughly washed with clean water before consumption, especially if they are consumed raw.

2. Careful while swimming: Avoid swallowing water while swimming in potentially contaminated bodies of water.

3. Neglecting personal hygiene: Ignoring appropriate hygiene behaviour will maximize the chances of contracting Cholera.

4. Do not take bottled water as safe: although bottled water is risk-free, you can be nescient by leaving the seal open before drinking, which may be a source of contamination.

5. Do not delay treatment: If you suspect you have been exposed to cholera or are experiencing symptoms, don’t wait to seek medical help.

It is crucial to remain proactive in preventing the spread of this bacterial infection. By adhering to the outlined do’s and don’ts, we can significantly reduce the risk of contracting cholera and other waterborne disease.

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