HERE IS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FOUR CONFIRMED CASES:
Here are the new confirmed cases:
A couple (a 49-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman) from Diepsloot were admitted at Helen Joseph Hospital on Tuesday, 21 March, with acute watery diarrhea and severe dehydration. During the investigation, both the wife and husband mentioned being baptized at Juskei River with additional six people on 18 March 2023, and they experienced health complications a few days later.
A 10-year-old girl child from Katlehong in Ekurhuleni District presented with diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting at Mpilweni Private Hospital on 19 March 2023. She was admitted, and her test results confirmed positive status.
It was established during the investigation that the ten-year-old girl’s mother was admitted to Thelle Mogoerane Hospital on 17 March and was treated for different health conditions. Unfortunately, she passed away the following day. However, Cholera was not suspected by the clinicians. As a result, no stool samples were taken for processing.
A 50-year-old woman is residing at Diepsloot. She is the pastor who baptized the couple who tested positive for Diepsloot at Juskei River, and she also drank the same water from the river.
Mohale furthermore said all four patients have no recent international travel history, which suggests a strong possibility of local transmission or infection.
THE SUSPECTED SOURCE IS WATER FROM THE JUKSKEI RIVER AND KLIP RIVER
“The Environmental Health Practitioners will collect water samples from the two rivers for analysis in order to establish if indeed, the water is contaminated with Cholera, and the department will announce the results as soon as they are available.”
RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO AVOID DRINKING OR USING UNTREATED WATER
Meanwhile, the residents are urged to avoid drinking or using untreated water from flowing rivers and dams to prepare food.
All people from the affected areas and beyond who experience cholera-like symptoms are urged to visit their nearest health facilities (clinic or hospital) for screening and testing to ensure early detection and successful treatment if they test positive.