The rise of typhoid cases in Tuburan, Cebu is definitely a cause for alarm. Everyone should really be wary of the food and water we take especially if we are not sure of their source and how they are prepared.
Even at home, moms should exercise extreme care when preparing and cooking food for the family. Typhoid fever is caused by Salmonella Typhi Bacteria. It spreads by ingesting contaminated food and water. The bacteria lurk in human waste and pass on to unsuspecting victims through improper handling of food and water sources. The key to stop its spread is cleanliness. And remember the golden rule to always wash your hands after using the bathroom. And wash your hands before and after your prepare and cook food.
You can also use hand sanitizers in the absence of water. Simple cleaning tips like wiping of surfaces and door knobs at home can prevent the accumulation of dirt and bacteria that pose serious health threat to both children and adults.
Observe the following signs and symptoms, if you suspect that you or one of your family members is affected by typhoid fever.
Sustained high fever
anorexia (loss of appetite)
diarrhea or constipation and abdominal discomfort
Prevention and Control:
Boil water for drinking. (Upon reaching boiling point, extend boiling for two or more minutes) or
Do water chlorination
Cook food well and always use food cover to prevent flies and other insects from contaminating them.
Wash thoroughly all vegetables and fruits especially those that are eaten raw.
Avoid eating street vended foods.
Wash hands with soap and water after using the toilet and before eating.
Keep surrounding cleam to prevent breeding of flies.
Source: DOH website