The Selangor Health Department has issued a statewide cholera alert to all hospitals and district health clinics after the department detected a case involving a Malaysian citizen being infected with the bacteria infection disease.
The circular was issued on 12 November and signed by Selangor Health director Datuk Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman.
It is said that the case was identified in Petaling district of Selangor, but no further details were given in this regard.
“It is hoped that all parties will take note and improve control and prevention measures more effectively in accordance with existing guidelines.” it said.
Meanwhile, the department also requested medical practitioners to carry out preventative measures including immediately report any cholera cases, whether suspected or confirmed by the laboratory, to the nearest district health office through telephone and e-notification system within 24 hours.
“Failure to report could result in prosecution under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988.” the department said in the circular, which is issued to 11 health district offices and 12 directors of hospitals in Selangor.
Other measures include to take sample of the stool of suspected cholera patients to enable sensitivity analysis to be carried out.
On the other hand, the public is advised to follow these steps to prevent the spread of the disease.
- Only drink treated water or water which has been boiled
- Always practise good self hygiene and was hands
- Seek immediate treatment if developing symptoms associated with cholera
- Avoid consuming raw food or food which was not cooked properly.
The early symptoms of the disease include painless watery stool and vomiting and can lead to dehydration, circulatory collapse, and even death if left untreated.
Read the statement from Dr Sha’ari Ngadiman here: