Cholera : What you need to know
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.
- Most infected people do not develop any symptoms.
- A minority develop acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration.
- Should you experience any diarrhea-like symptoms such as a bout of loose watery stools, with or without the presence of fever, please report to the Health Center reception (Ground Floor, Freida Brown Student Center) immediatelyfor emergency assistance.
- Cholera is an easily treatable disease. The majority of people can be treated successfully through prompt administration of oral rehydration solution.
- Severely dehydrated patients are at risk of shock and require the rapid administration of intravenous fluids.
Water and Sanitation:
- Wash hands with soap and clean water at all times (especially before handling food and after visiting restrooms).
- Only drink treated water from a clean and covered container.
- Clean and wash fruits before consumption with clean water.
- Prepare food in a clean environment with clean water.
- Eat at places that have evident sanitation features (sink and hand wash/sanitizer)
- Avoid open-air eating joints