5 children dead after diarrhoea outbreak

2013-05-27 20:15

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Bloemfontein - Five children have died in an outbreak of diarrhoea in the past two weeks, the Northern Cape health department said on Monday.

"Five children under the age of three years succumbed to the condition," said spokesperson Lulu Mxekezo.

She said 355 people, most of them children, had been treated, mostly at home, since the outbreak started in the second week of May.

Six children were still being treated.

The areas worst affected were Rosedale, Pabalello, Progress and Upington.

Mxekezo said samples of water and stools had been sent to laboratories and the results were expected sometime this week.

"The laboratory results will assist to identify the cause of the outbreak," she said.

The health department urged people to regularly wash their hands with clean water and soap before preparing food or eating, particularly after using the bathroom, changing a baby’s nappy, and sneezing or coughing.

The department said parents should also check their childrens health cards to make sure they had received all their vaccinations.

"They should also seek medical attention immediately at their nearest health facility when they notice diarrhoea," said Mxekezo.

She said the national health department was helping provincial officials to deal with the outbreak.

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