Cholera outbreak in Lagos: What you need to know

What is cholera?

The recent cholera outbreak in Lagos highlights the importance of public health awareness and preventive measures. As a trusted emergency medical service provider in Lagos, The Ambulance Company is here to help.

This blog post provides crucial information on cholera, how to prevent infection, and what to do if you suspect you or someone has it.

What is Cholera?

Cholera is a serious bacterial infection spread through contaminated food or water. It causes severe watery diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Symptoms to Watch Out For:

  • Severe watery diarrhea: This is the major symptom, with diarrhea appearing whitish and watery.
  • Vomiting: This is common, especially early on, and can worsen dehydration.
  • Dehydration: Rapid fluid loss can lead to dry mouth, extreme thirst, sunken eyes, fatigue, and muscle cramps.
  • In severe cases: Dehydration can progress to low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, coma, and even death.

Preventing cholera

Here’s what you can do to stay safe:

  • Prioritize clean water: Drink bottled or boiled water only. Avoid untreated tap water, streams, or lakes.
  • Wash your hands frequently: Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom and before eating.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating. Avoid street food and undercooked seafood.
  • Proper sanitation: Dispose of waste properly and avoid contact with potentially contaminated water sources.
  • Vaccination (consult your doctor): While not a guaranteed shield, a cholera vaccination can offer some protection, especially for high-risk travel.

When to Seek Medical Attention:

If you or someone you know experiences severe diarrhea, vomiting, or any signs of dehydration, call us immediately at 09155556030 or 09155556040. Early diagnosis and treatment with rehydration therapy and antibiotics are crucial for a full recovery.