Another health outbreak again, as a watery disease called Cholera Hit Lagos. According to report, at least 2 persons has been fair dead by the disease why 25 others are currently in hospital taking treatment.
Disease Called “Cholera” Hit Lagos, Killed Two Already, 25 Others Receiving Treatment
The Lagos State Government at a press conference in Alausa on Tuesday stated that the outbreak was due to the heavy rainfall being experienced and the aftermath of flooding in the state.
According to the Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris statement, the disease had been traced to Somolu, Oshodi-Isolo, and Surulere local government areas.
Cause of Cholera Disease
According to health controls platform webmd infected food and water is the causes of the disease. “Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, is usually found in food or water contaminated by feces from a person with the infection. Common sources include:
- Ice made from municipal water
- Raw or undercooked fish and seafood caught in waters polluted with sewage
- Municipal water supplies
- Foods and drinks sold by street vendors
- Vegetables grown with water containing human wastes
When a person consumes the contaminated food or water, the bacteria release a toxin in the intestines that produces severe diarrhea.”
From our finding we understood that this disease can kill within hours of contacting if not treated.
The disease is treatable, but because dehydration can happen quickly, it’s important for infected person to get cholera treatment right away.
Symptoms of Cholera Disease
Symptoms of cholera can begin as soon as a few hours or as long as five days after infection. Often, symptoms are mild. But sometimes they are very serious.
The Commissioner stated that “The clinical manifestations of cholera are nausea, profuse diarrhoea, vomiting (in early stages of illness), fever, and leg cramp. Later presentations are dehydration, shock or coma,”
He said, “The medical directors of our general hospitals have been placed on alert and fact sheets on cholera forwarded to both public and private hospitals. Our community health workers are in the communities to prevent the spread of the disease. Chlorination of water supply has been intensified, awareness campaign is ongoing.”
How to prevent Cholera
While health section of Lagos State is awaiting water sample sent to lab for diagnosing, the commissioner asked people to use potable water, saying sanitation was critical in reducing the impact of cholera and other water-borne diseases.
How ever you can implement the tips below to help prevent yourself and family from this disease.
Boil drinking water or use only water that has been chemically disinfected, or bottled water. Also be sure to use the bottled, boiled, or chemically disinfected water for the following purposes:
- Brushing your teeth
- Washing your face and hands
- Preparing food or drinks
- Making ice
- Washing dishes and utensils that you use to eat or prepare food .
To keep safe, inform your friends and family to beware of this disease most especially those in Lagos Sate.