Cholera suspected in Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape Department of Health says it is on high alert following an isolated case of suspected cholera.

According to the department, a 47-year-old female patient from Walmer has since been admitted in isolation on contact precaution at Livingstone hospital, pending the toxigenicity results from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

“She remains in a stable condition.

“The team will work with the municipality to conduct contact tracing.

“The patient stays with a minor and has a history of funeral attence a week ago. However, she had not traveled outside the city, “said Health Spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo.

Health environmental services have already taken samples from waste water treatment sources for laboratory testing, and results came back negative from cholera.

The department wishes to emphasize the fact that no other case or sickness has been reported from the area.

Members of the public are urged to practice good hygiene, washing hands with soap, and safe water. They must be sure of drinking clean and safe water.

Symptoms of cholera include watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration. If left untreated, it may lead to death. It can spread through contaminated food and water.

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