Vigilance urged as cholera cases on rise: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) urged the public to pay attention to dietary hygiene Tuesday because of a rise in the number of cholera cases in Taiwan in August.

Five cases of cholera infection have been confirmed so far during the month, with three of them part of a family cluster, the CDC said. Taiwan has reported eight cholera cases so far this year.

The latest victims of the disease, consisting of four males and one female, are aged between 50 and 82, according to the agency.

As the acute bacterial disease is often seen in hot weather, the CDC urged the public to eat thoroughly cooked food, drink boiled or bottled water, store food safely and refrigerate when necessary.

Between 2012 and 2015, there were five, seven, four and nine confirmed locally acquired cholera cases in Taiwan, respectively, with no deaths reported, CDC data showed.

Cholera usually occurs with the sudden onset of profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and the rapid loss of bodily fluids that leads to dehydration, acidosis, and circulatory collapse. The incubation period can vary from a few hours to five days, and averages two to three days.

Taiwan has sufficient resources to provide quality health care, and most patients recover after receiving proper treatment, the CDC said.

Source: Focus Taiwan