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Cholera Outbreak: Public Urged to Take Precautions




The City of Ekurhuleni remains on high alert, ready to respond to any potential cholera cases. Although no reported cases have occurred in the city since February this year, residents are strongly advised to handle water and other consumables with utmost vigilance.

The National Department of Health has issued an urgent appeal as the cholera death toll continues to rise, claiming the lives of at least 47 people nationwide. In light of this and in response to growing calls for intervention from unions and civil society, Zweli Dlamini, the city’s spokesperson, reassured the public, saying, “The City of Ekurhuleni’s outbreak response teams are on high alert to promptly address any instances of cholera.”

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Dlamini further added, “We have implemented plans to enhance health education and promotion efforts, empowering communities and schools in anticipation of the upcoming re-opening of public schools for the third term.”

To prevent possible infection, the public is strongly urged to avoid consuming known or suspected contaminated food, water, and surfaces. Thoroughly washing hands with soap before handling food or after using the bathroom is crucial.


Additionally, it is essential to only drink water from safe sources, such as rivers, dams, and streams, if it has been boiled or properly disinfected. Residents are reminded to disinfect and clean surfaces diligently, as cholera bacteria can spread through contaminated water.

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To assist the public in taking preventive measures, here are some key tips:

  • Treat or sterilise water before drinking or cooking.
  • Boil water for at least one minute before consumption.
  • Add one teaspoon of household bleach to 25 litres of water.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Wash hands before and after preparing food and after using the toilet.
  • Utilise safely managed sanitation facilities to dispose of waste properly.
  • Do not dispose of plastic bags in chemical toilets.
  • Always boil, cook, and peel food before eating.
  • Regularly disinfect and clean work surfaces.
  • Ensure that areas for food preparation and kitchen counters are cleaned with soap and treated water.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Zweli Dlamini at 082 573 6464 or [email protected] for further information.

Source: CoE gives locals cholera safety tips

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