Multiple cases of cholera have been reported in southern Saudi Arabia, near the Yemeni border, as of Sunday, September 16. At least three suspected cases and one confirmed case have been recorded in the area, with the patients - all of whom are not Saudi citizens - receiving medical treatment at a hospital in Jizan. Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming weeks.
Cholera, an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium, is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.
To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.
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