Cholera Outbreak In Yemen is a Concern


Cholera Outbreak In Yemen is a Concern

Jakarta, July 23, 2017

In Yemen"s neighboring country of Saudi Arabia there has been a spreading and spread of Cholera"s disease that strikes more than 322,000 people. Because Yemen is bordered by Saudi Arabia, it is necessary to be aware of the possibility of spreading and transmitting cholera diseases on pilgrims, especially the Indonesian Hajj pilgrims.

Thus the message of the Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Dr. Nila Farid Moeloek, Sp.M (K), which is intended specifically for pilgrims in the country who are preparing to wait for departure, Sunday (23/7).

"In Indonesia, Diarrhea is still found, but cholera is very rare, and cholera is often referred to as Muntaber disease (vomiting and defecation)," said Minister of Health.


Signs and Symptoms of Cholera

Symptoms are frequent watery defecation (Diarrhea) and accompanied by vomiting. The cholera stools look watery like rice water. Cholera symptoms appear 8-72 hours after the patient is exposed to a source of transmission. This period is called the incubation period.

Patients with cholera should be treated immediately to be given fluids, because if not immediately treated and given fluids, can die from lack of fluids (dehydration). On the way to the place of treatment, the patient can be given oralitic fluid for first aid, to prevent fluid deficiency.



Cholera germs are spread through the stools of patients. Transmission occurs if accidentally stools Cholera sufferers contaminate the drink or food, which is then consumed by others. This can happen if a cholera defecate is arbitrary or adjacent to a water source or a food processing plant.


Prevention That Can Be Done

In order for Indonesian pilgrims not to contract Cholera disease while in Saudi Arabia, what can be done is:

A) Drink using bottled water or water that has been cooked.

B) Using clean water / PAM for everyday purposes, such as cooking, washing cutlery, brushing teeth, ablution, and bathing.

 C) Wash hands with enough water and soap, before meals, before touching food or processing food, after defecation, and after taking care of diarrhea or sick people.

D) Eat well-cooked foods, avoid eating raw foods, wash or cook vegetables before eating, washing or peeling fruits before eating, and storing food in closed containers or containers.

E) Cooking and processing food in the cleaned kitchen / room.

F) Using sanitized toilet and bathroom.

G) Place contaminated with feces or vomit of cholera sufferers should be cleaned with water and carbolic or with water and other disinfectant disinfectants.

H) Immediately seek treatment if diarrhea, vomiting or other illness.


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