Public urged to stay vigilant against water-borne diseases

Published June 10, 2018, 6:14 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Analou De Vera

As the rainy season has officially started, the public is advised to stay vigilant against water-borne diseases.

Department of Health (Manila Bulletin)
Department of Health (Manila Bulletin)

According to the Department of Health, water-borne diseases like typhoid fever, cholera, leptospirosis, and hepatitis are common during the rainy season due to flooding caused by typhoons or heavy rains.

To ensure one’s safety, the DOH has reminded the public to make sure that their drinking water should come from a safe source.

“When in doubt, boil water for two minutes or longer, or chlorinate drinking water to make it safe,” the DOH stated.

The DOH also reminded that there should be enough stock of food and is stored properly.

The food should also be well-cooked while leftovers must be covered properly for it to be kept away from household pests.

The public is also advised to keep themselves warm and dry by wearing thick clothes.

The health department also urged the public to maintain personal hygiene and practice the washing of hands before and after eating and using the toilet.

If an individual has observed signs or symptoms of an illness, immediately consult a doctor to prevent the spread of infection to other people.

Meanwhile, parents were reminded to not let their children wade in floodwater to avoid diseases such as leptospirosis.