Nepal has warned foreign travellers against cholera infections following an outbreak in a remote western area of the country where thirteen deaths have occurred.
Nepal Epidemiology and Disease Control Department director G.D. Thakur director has urged visitors to drink boiled or mineral water and “pay attention to their personal care and hygiene.”
“There have been 13 deaths in two months in Doti district in western Nepal but now the situation is under control,” Mr Thakur said.
“For the last 15 years there have always been a few cases of cholera in Nepal in the rainy season. Since mid-April we have detected 15 cholera cases in Kathmandu but there have been no deaths.”
During monsoon season, diarrhoea-related illnesses in the Himalayan region are quite high due to the increased numbers of contaminated water sources.
Although healthcare services in Nepal are very basic, “foreign visitors planning to visit Nepal should not worry because the situation is completely under control,” Mr Thakur said.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Nepal issues health warning
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T