Prevent Taun Disease: How Clean Is Your Food?
Clean: Bacteria & Disease
This flood season teaches us a lot about the meaning of health, safety and hygiene. Deputy Minister of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Azmi Ghazali said that in addition to Covid-19 cases, the Ministry of Health also expects an increase in water-borne diseases and food poisoning. Among the diseases that are feared to be contagious due to the low level of cleanliness of water and food are cholera or taun.
In just a few hours, victims exposed to the vibrio cholerae bacteria experience general symptoms such as diarrhoea, high fever, nausea and vomiting. Many may take it for granted, but if left destitute, cholera can also result in long-term effects such as dehydration, digestive organ injury, vital organ failure which in turn can lead to death. Therefore, if any of your family members show these symptoms, take them to see a doctor immediately.
However, we do not have to wait until we are infected to realize and understand the consequences of cholera, and it is appropriate to take precautions to reduce the risk of infection. Among the preventive measures we can take, especially during this epidemic season are:
In conclusion, take care of personal hygiene and food sources, as well as tools used for eating and cooking. Prioritize food items that are less risky such as those that have been cooked or packaged according to standards. Always be aware of current issues and the latest information provided by the authorities, so that we are always aware of the latest developments in the epidemic and can take precautionary measures.
Practicing good personal hygiene is important for helping keep the body healthy and clean.
Wash your hands with soap, especially after going to the toilet and before preparing food.
Wash cooking utensils and food with soap.
Avoid untreated water sources; only use cooked or bottled.
Avoid raw food; make sure to wash first with treated water; the safest step – cook first.
Avoid buying street food for now, as it is most likely exposed