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Cholera Outbreak: Six Essential Tips for Prevention


Jun 25, 2024

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) confirmed on June 22, 2024, that cholera has spread throughout Nigeria, with numerous cases reported across various regions of the country. In recent weeks, Nigeria has experienced a significant increase in cholera-related fatalities across multiple states, including Bayelsa, Zamfara, Abia, and Cross River. The outbreak has resulted in a considerable loss of life, highlighting the critical need for public vigilance in the consumption of food and drinks.

_Understanding Cholera_

Cholera is a highly infectious disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, characterized by severe watery diarrhea that can lead to dehydration and potentially fatal consequences if not promptly treated.

_Prevention Tips_

To protect yourself and your loved ones from cholera:

– Drink only water that you have boiled or treated with chlorine or iodine
– Ensure thorough boiling of water for preparing tea, coffee, and other beverages
– Eat only foods that have been thoroughly cooked and are still hot, or fruit that you have peeled yourself
– Avoid undercooked or raw fish, and make sure all your vegetables are well cooked
– Avoid foods and beverages from street vendors
– Wash your hands with soap and clean water, especially before handling and eating food and after using the bathroom

By following these guidelines, you can significantly reduce your risk of contracting cholera. Stay informed, stay safe!

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