Health ministry issues advisory on Cholera

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THERE are no reported cases of Cholera in the sultanate, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said yesterday.

This was stated in a press release in response to several reported cases of the disease in neighbouring countries this month.

Cholera is a disease that causes intestinal infection from the bacterium “vibrio cholerae” which spreads through contaminated food and water.

The main sign of the disease is diarrhoea but can also cause vomiting and stomach aches. Severe cases of the disease can result in a lack of body fluid and also death, if not treated.

As a precaution, the ministry would like to remind the public to continue to practise proper personal, food and environmental hygiene.

The ministry also advises to only dine in restaurants and eateries that maintain proper cleanliness, avoid eating salads that are not properly cleaned, drink boiled water or from sealed bottled mineral water, thoroughly wash their hand with soap after using the toilet and before the preparation and consumption of food as well as ensure all foods are properly cooked.

If anyone shows any signs of Cholera, the ministry advises them to seek medical attention especially to those who have recently visited an affected area.

The MoH will continue to monitor the situation in neighbouring countries and inform the public regarding any further development.

For more information regarding the disease, members of the public can contact Darussalam Hotline at 123.

The Brunei Times