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Cholera Prevention

Many Jamaican's have been told how serious the Cholera disease is, but how many Jamaican's are actively using the correct prevention techniques.
Cholera is a very serious disease that should be taken very seriously as if not treated in time or correctly can cause death.
Here are some steps one can take to prevent Cholera:
Wash your hands. Frequent hand washing is the best way to control cholera infection. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot, soapy water, especially before eating or preparing food, after using the toilet, and when you return from public places. Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for times when water isn't available.
  • Avoid untreated water. Contaminated drinking water is the most common source of cholera infection. For that reason, drink only bottled water or water you've boiled or disinfected yourself. Coffee, tea and other hot beverages, as well as bottled or canned soft drinks, wine and beer, are generally safe. Carefully wipe the outside of all bottles and cans before you open them and ask for drinks without ice. Use bottled water to brush your teeth.
  • Eat food that's completely cooked and hot. Cholera bacteria can survive on room temperature food for up to five days and aren't destroyed by freezing. It's best to avoid street vendor food, but if you do buy it, make sure your meal is cooked in your presence and served hot.
  • Avoid sushi. Don't eat raw or improperly cooked fish and seafood of any kind.
  • Be careful with fruits and vegetables. When you're traveling, make sure that all fruits and vegetables that you eat are cooked or have thick skins that you peel yourself. Avoid lettuce in particular because it may have been rinsed in contaminated water.
  • Be wary of dairy foods. Avoid ice cream, which is often contaminated, and unpasteurized milk.
    Do you feel safe during the current Cholera health alert in Jamaica?

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