Share

One of 13 Limpopo cholera patients confirmed to have visited Hammanskraal

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
The government will probe Hammanskraal's water crisis amid a cholera outbreak.
The government will probe Hammanskraal's water crisis amid a cholera outbreak.
Getty Images

NEWS


The department of health in Limpopo has confirmed that one of the 13 patients who have contracted cholera is a public servant who travelled to Hammanskraal for training.

The department said the confirmed case was that of a 52-year-old man from Greater Giyani, who works in the Musina area.

He is said to have travelled to Hammanskraal for a workshop during the past few days. He was admitted to a hospital in Gauteng after having symptoms of the virus. 

Muavha said cholera was an acute diarrheal illness caused by an infection in the intestine with Vibrio cholerae bacteria. 

He added:

People can get sick when they swallow food or water contaminated with cholera bacteria. A number of cholera cases have already been confirmed in the area. Currently, we saw an outbreak of cholera cases in Hammaskraal with 10 deaths recorded.


“Contact tracing at Giyani and Musina was done where screening results cleared everyone.”

The department strongly requests community members to practise  general hygiene, as well as water and food hygiene by: 

- Washing hands regularly and after using the toilet;

- Before preparing food or using sanitiser where there is no water.;

- Boil or chlorinate water before drinking. 

 

Symptoms of cholera include profuse watery diarrhoea, sometimes described as “rice-water stools," vomiting, thirst, leg cramps, restlessness or irritability. The infection is often mild or without symptoms but can sometimes be severe and life-threatening. Community members are advised to visit their nearest health facility for tests and treatment as soon as they experience these symptoms.


We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
heading
description
username
Show Comments ()
Latest issue
Latest issue
All the news from City Press in PDF form.
Read now
Voting Booth
Stats SA's recent consumer price index data this week indicated the rise in food prices was the largest in 14 years. Economists say continued load shedding also adds to the rise in the cost of food production. How are you feeding your family during this tough time?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I have a food garden
6% - 62 votes
I rely on sales
22% - 214 votes
I buy necessities
72% - 707 votes
Vote