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Worries In Sabah As Cholera Cases Increase Drastically

Worries In Sabah As Cholera Cases Increase Drastically

Tasneem Nazari

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The cumulative number of cholera cases in Sabah has increased drastically in less than a month. Today, 43 cases have been recorded, a jump from just 21 cases on 1 July.

What you need to know: Sabahan Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing, Datuk Frankie Poon Min Fung said that one of the main cause of cholera is from patients eating uncooked or raw food, and not cleaning cooking utensils with treated water.

Although cholera is fully treatable and is not as fatally dangerous as Covid-19, it can still result in death in severe cases if not given immediate medical treatment.

Why it matters: Seven cholera pandemics have occurred across the globe in the past 200 years. In Malaysia, the cholera outbreak hit us hard in 1911.

If uncontrolled, cholera too can get out of hand. Considering we’re currently going through the recovery period of the Covid-19 pandemic, the last thing we need is another pandemic to hit the country.

An inoculation drive in Kedah during the cholera outbreak in Malaysia in 1911. (Credit: New Straits Times)

Who said what: Frankie reminded the public to take all the necessary safety precautions, including ensuring all meat and seafood are properly cooked before being consumed, to keep the community safe from this painful infection.

It is important that we take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our families safe, by drinking boiled water and washing our hands with soap before eating or handling food and after going to the toilet. 

Datuk Frankie Poon Min Fung via Berita Harian (Translated from BM)

How it got here: The main factor resulting in the doubling of cases in the last three weeks was due to contaminated food and water that occurred during the reopening of economic sectors.

Read more:
Kes kolera di Sabah meningkat mendadak (Berita Harian)
How a 1911 cholera outbreak helped improve Msia’s health services (New Straits Times)


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