Malawi registers first cholera case

The Ministry of health says Malawi has registered its first cholera case in the 2020/2021 season.

The case is a three year old child from Chirimba township in Blantyre who was admitted on January 3, 2021 at Chileka isolation center and was discharged on January 6, 2021.

Meanwhile the ministry through the office of the Director of Health and Social Services for Blantyre is closely monitoring the situation.

The ministry has since asked the general public to practice hygiene in order to prevent diarrhea diseases including Cholera.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines cholera as an extremely virulent disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhea.

It takes between 12 hours and 5 days for a person to show symptoms after ingesting contaminated food or water.

Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated.

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