Large outbreak of diarrhoea in Cape Town, South Africa

At least 2 children have died while hundreds have been hospitalised due to an outbreak of diarrhoeal illness. More than 2,500 children have been treated at local clinics with moderate to severe dehydration. Seasonal outbreaks of diarrhoea are common from November to March in Cape Town. The specific cause of this outbreak is not specified. Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs that cause intestinal illness (such as food poisoning, cholera, E.coli, salmonellosis, traveller's diarrhoae, and many others) by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practicing careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Food and Water Contamination, Salmonellosis, and Traveller's Diarrhoea.

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