Zimbabwe Cholera Outbreak: 5 Basic Precautions to Take at Home & Out-and-About

To friends, family and strangers alike in Zimbabwe, it is important to take all precautions necessary as this cholera outbreak begins to spread. Whether you’re drinking water or bathing, brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, take every step possible to make sure it is safe water.

Here are a few precautions, courtesy of the Center for Disease Control:

  1. Drink and Use Safe Water: boil any and all water, and if you come across bottled water, make sure it has an unbroken seal.
  2. Wash your hands with soap and safe water! and encourage those around to be mindful of hygiene as well.
  3. Use toilets, latrines or bury your feces and do not defecate in any body of water.
  4. Cook food well: keep it covered, eat it hot and peel fruits and vegetables: other than fruits and vegetables, avoid raw food.
  5. Clean up safely: in the kitchen and in places where the family bathes and washes clothes

To get a more detailed breakdown of these precautions, please visit the following link: www.cdc.gov/cholera/preventionsteps.html

If you suspect an outbreak in your area, notify the nearest health and emergency officials in your area. And if course, if you show signs and symptoms of your own, seek medical attention.

Sincerely, Kwapi Vengesayi

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