Egypt's Health ministry issues medical guideline to deal with suspected cholera cases



Mon, 24 Oct 2022 - 11:24 GMT


Mon, 24 Oct 2022 - 11:24 GMT


CAIRO – 24 October 2022: Egypt’s Ministry of health has issued guideline to the hospitals and various health sectors with instructions to deal with cholera cases if they were discovered.

 It stated that this guideline comes “as a precautionary step after discovering cholera cases in neighboring countries during the last few period along with warnings from the World Health Organization”

The guideline directs to immediately isolate the discovered or suspected case of cholera, in addition to immediate notification of the suspected case to the authorities.

It was indicated to the need to take samples from suspected cases, with follow-up of those in contact with the suspected and confirmed case for 5 days.

The Ministry of Health has warned of the need to raise health awareness in all hospitals dealing with the suspected or confirmed case of cholera cases according to the newly issued guide.

Cholera is making a comeback in Lebanon as approximately 18 cases were already confirmed in the country as of Oct. 10, just days after the first case was detected, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Lebanese Ministry of Health Sunday.

The first 14 cases were detected on Monday, in a refugee settlement in Akkar, near the Lebanese-Syrian border. The other four cases, who were also Syrian refugees, were detected late in the day in Arsal (Baalbeck-Hermel).

Cholera causes acute diarrhea caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with Vibrio cholerae present in feces, but it can also be asymptomatic.

“Cholera transmission is closely linked to inadequate access to clean water and sanitation facilities. Typical at-risk areas include peri-urban slums, and camps for internally displaced persons or refugees,” according to the WHO.





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