Wuhan University reports case of cholera — Analysis
While Covid’s spread continues in China, there are measures to control the situation
A case of cholera was confirmed on Monday in the Chinese city of Wuhan – the site of first-ever documented Covid infection – with measures to prevent a potential outbreak now in place.
A notice published by Dacheng Wuchang’s district health department on WeChat, reports that Wuhan University had reported the existence of a case “vomiting and diarrhea, accompanied by low fever” on Saturday evening. The results of serological testing by municipal and provincial disease control centers confirmed that cholera was present.
“After effective diagnosis and treatment, the patient’s condition has been controlled, and the symptoms have disappeared,” the department said.
The statement stressed the need to immediately take all necessary measures to stop an epidemic of the disease, such as contact trace, collection samples and closure of some locations for disinfection.
“So far there have not been any new cases.” the health authority said.
The university was urged to take precautions in the event of any infections this summer, and to ensure campus hygiene.
“It is important that the general public pays attention to their personal hygiene. They should also be vigilant in monitoring their own health.,” the health department stated.
China considers Cholera a Class-A Infectious Disease. After the March case, this is the second instance of confirmed cholera in China. In 2021, five patients were confirmed to have cholera. There was no death.
The news of the infected came at a time when Covid was on the increase again in China.
According to the World Health Organization’s description, cholera is “This is a highly contagious disease that can result in severe watery diarrhea..” It spreads via contaminated food or water. The majority of people infected do not experience symptoms. However, some may develop severe diarrhea. Cholera is “An easily treated disease” but, if left untreated, it can kill “within hours.”
According to WHO estimates, 857 deaths were caused by the disease in 2020 across 24 countries. However, it is likely that the true number was much greater.
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