By SURAIDAH ROSLAN
KOTA KINABALU: Cholera infections in Sabah have increased to 35 with three new cases reported today.
State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi in a statement said two were detected in Semporna and one in Kota Kinabalu.
As of now, cholera has hit seven districts in the state and the highest number of infections was recorded in Semporna with 13 cases, followed by 11 in Kota Kinabalu, four in Beaufort, three in Putatan, two in Kinabatangan, and one each in Tuaran and Sipitang.
Of the total 35 cases in the state, four patients in Semporna and one in Kinabatangan did not exhibit any cholera infection symptom such as diarrhoea, vomiting and loss of appetite.
According to Dr Rundi, among the identified causes of the bacterial infection include consumption of raw and uncooked food and use of utensils not washed with treated water.
“Diarrhoea which is one of the cholera symptoms causes loss of body fluids and can be deadly if not treated, especially among children and babies.
“The disease can spread in areas where there is no clean water supply, no proper toilet facilities and unsanitary environment,” she said.