Semporna Worst Hit By Cholera

KOTA KINABALU: Semporna district is the most badly hit by cholera in the state, with 16 cases to date, six of which were asymptomatic cases.

State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said altogether the number of cholera cases in Sabah now stood at 39 with seven of them not showing any symptoms of cholera infection such as diarrhoea, vomiting and loss of appetite.

But she said no new cholera cases were reported as of yesterday.

Seven districts were hit by the cholera outbreak, namely, Semporna, Kota Kinabalu with 12 cases, four in Beaufort, three in Putatan, two in Kinabatangan, as well as one each in Tuaran and Sipitang.

The public has been advised to only consume boiled or bottled water and ensure that fruits or any food that can be eaten raw such as salad and seaweed are washed with treated water before consumption.

“People should also wash their hands with soap before eating or handling food and after using the toilet,” Dr Rundi said, adding that seafood and meat must be properly cooked before consumption.