The recent cholera outbreak in South Africa has resulted in the first recorded death in over a decade, as reported by Bedfordview Edenvale News. The victim, a young man, will be returned to his home in KZN for burial. The health authorities have confirmed that the number of laboratory-confirmed cases has risen to five, prompting them to issue a warning.
Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has expressed concern over the recent cases and urged the public to remain vigilant. However, he has assured the public that measures are being taken to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
Cholera is a waterborne disease that is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera. It is spread through contaminated water and food and causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration. The disease can be fatal if left untreated.
The outbreak has been linked to the recent heavy rains and flooding in the Gauteng province. As a result, the provincial government has urged residents to take precautions, such as boiling drinking water and washing hands regularly.
The health authorities have also set up treatment centres in affected areas to provide medical assistance to those who have contracted the disease. They have also advised individuals with cholera symptoms, such as diarrhoea and vomiting, to seek medical attention immediately.
The last recorded cholera outbreak in South Africa was in 2009 when over 14,000 cases were reported. The authorities are working hard to prevent a similar outbreak from occurring and are urging the public to cooperate in the effort to contain the disease.