Mbombela diarrhoea outbreak – 1300 cases reported

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Government working around the clock to deal with diarrhoea outbreak

THE Mpumalanga Provincial Government says it is working around the clock to deal with diarrhoea outbreak in Ehlanzeni region.

The provincial government said in a press release that it was concerned as transmission of the infection seems to be moving from one area to another. To date, over 1 300 cases of diarrhoea  have been reported in health facilities especially within Mbombela Municipality, the statement reads.

“While the source of this alarming diarrhoea outbreak has not yet been identified, water tests are continuously being conducted by Ehlanzeni District Municipality, Department of Water and Sanitation as well as the City of Mbombela (Sembcorp Silulumanzi)  on a daily basis.”

“ Although we are not too sure where the germ seems to be coming from, citizens are meanwhile being encouraged to wash hands with soap before eating and after using the toilets, wash hands after changing baby nappies and after throwing away rubbish.” Wash or peel fruit and vegetables, cook food thoroughly especially meat and  store food in a clean and cool place.

Before drinking water pour a teaspoon of bleach into 25 liters of water, mix well and wait for at least 30 minutes or boil the water at least three minutes, said the statement.

Those suspecting that they might have health problems such as diarrhoea are urged to go to the nearest health facility as soon as possible.Other symptoms associated with diarrhoea include feeling nausea and vomiting as well as  stomach cramps.