Summer in Cape Town means stomach bug season but according to the City's health experts, the Mother City seems to be winning the war against diarrhoea and related cases of dehydration.
The City’s health experts say that while they’re making inroads into reducing cases of diarrhoea, there’s now a concern around an increase in cases of pneumonia.
Infectious diseases specialist Professor Helena Rabie chats about the spike of stomach bugs in certain seasons, and the relationship between the spike and Cape Town’s water crises.
Rabie says that from December, they saw an increase in hospitalisation which stemmed from viral and bacterial infections.
If you are reusing water and not washing hands frequently, then there may be risks that are associated with that.— Professor Helena Rabie, infectious diseases specialist
Rabie says that people should not lose focus on simple hygiene do’s and don’ts, and emphasises the need to prevent diarrhoea.
Having one, two or three loose stools shouldn’t make you rush out to the chemist to get medicine.— Professor Helena Rabie, infectious diseases specialist
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Simple hygiene do’s and don’ts to prevent diarrhoea during a water crises