MoH says no cholera outbreak in Brunei

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THERE is no cholera outbreak in Brunei, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement yesterday.

The ministry issued the announcement in the wake of the seven cholera cases reported on March 3 in neighbouring Limbang, Sarawak by the Malaysian Ministry of Health.

Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by the bacteria “vibrio cholera”, which spreads through contaminated food and water. The first sign of the disease is diarrhoea and may include other symptoms such as vomiting and abdominal pain.

Severe cases of cholera can lead to dehydration that can lead to death if no proper treatment is received.

As a precautionary measure, the MoH advised the public to practise proper personal hygiene, such as thoroughly washing the hands with soap after using the toilet and before having a meal.

The ministry also urged the public to ensure that all foods are properly cleaned and cooked before consumption.

The ministry also advised the public to drink either boiled water or sealed bottled mineral water, and to immediately consult a doctor if they experience any signs or symptoms of cholera especially after visiting an affected area.

The MoH said it will continue to monitor the status of cholera outbreaks in neighbouring countries and will inform the public regarding any development.

For more information regarding the disease, the public can contact its healthline at 145.

-Julius Hong

The Brunei Times