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Six basic cholera prevention messages

  • Drink and use safe water.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and safe water.
  • Before you eat or prepare food
  • Before feeding your children
  • After using the latrine or toilet
  • After cleaning your child’s bottom
  • After taking care of someone ill with diarrhea
  • If no soap is available, scrub hands often with ash or sand and rinse with safe water.

 

  • Use latrines or bury your feces (poop); do not defecate in any body of water.
  • Use latrines or other sanitation systems, like chemical toilets, to dispose of feces.
  • Wash hands with soap and safe water after defecating.
  • Clean latrines and surfaces contaminated with feces using a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water.
  • What if I don’t have a latrine or chemical toilet?
  • Defecate at least 30 meters (98 ft) away from any body of water and then bury your feces.
  • Dispose of plastic bags containing feces in latrines, at collection points if available, or bury it in the ground. Do not put plastic bags in chemical toilets.
  • Dig new latrines or temporary pit toilets at least a half-meter (1.6 ft) deep and at least 30 meters (98 ft) away from any body of water.

 

  • Cook food well (especially seafood), keep it covered, eat it hot, and peel fruits and vegetables.
  • Boil it, Cook it, Peel it, or Leave it.
  • Be sure to cook shellfish (like crabs and crayfish) until they are very hot all the way through.
  • *Avoid raw foods other than fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself.

 

  • Clean up safely in the kitchen and in places where the family bathes and washes clothes.
  • Wash yourself, your children, diapers, and clothes, 30 meters (98 feet) away from drinking water sources.

 

  • Consider getting vaccinated before you travel.

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