Alert in Brunei as Sabah reports 43 cholera cases

Azlan Othman

According to the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Malaysian Ministry of Health has reported 43 cholera cases in several areas in Sabah since January 2020 until now.

Continuous monitoring by the MoH showed no cases of cholera detected in Brunei Darussalam. Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by the ‘vibrio cholera’ virus that spreads through contaminated food and water. The main symptom is diarrhoea. Other symptoms include vomiting and abdominal pain. Severe cholera infection can lead to dehydration and death, if left untreated.

Meanwhile, although restrictions on travel to and from Brunei Darussalam are still in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a precautionary measure to prevent contracting cholera, the MoH reminded the public to continue maintain self-hygiene, food hygiene and a clean environment.

The public, especially those given special permission to visit affected areas, are advised to only visit premises or restaurants with a clean environment; avoid eating questionable salads or side dishes; drink boiled water or bottled water (mineral water) with an intact seal; and ensure food is cooked properly.

The public is also urged to use hand sanitiser and always wash their hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food; to see a doctor immediately for treatment if there are signs of cholera such as diarrhoea especially after visiting affected areas.

MoH will continue to monitor the current situation in neighbouring countries and will inform the public about its development. For information, contact the Darussalam Line 123.