PRECAUTIONS TO BE TAKEN TO PREVENT WATERBORNE AND FOODBORNE INFECTIONS IN VIEW OF CONTAMINATION OF WATER

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Panaji, January 08, 2013 ….. In view of the contamination of water distribution lines at Cortim-Mala-Fontainhas, though the situation is brought under control by PWD, it is still  advisable to take necessary precautions by the public to prevent Waterborne and Foodborne infections viz Typhoid, Diarrhoea, Cholera, Viral Hepatitis etc.

Common symptoms of these infections are Fever, Nausea, Vomiting, Loose Motions, Jaundice, Abdominal Pain and Fatigue.

These diseases are easily preventable and general public is requested to take following measures for prevention.  Good personal hygiene is the single most important preventive measure; Consumption of boiled water i.e. water should be boiled for atleast  2C min  before consumption; Consume freshly cooked food; Do not consume water, milkshakes, fruit juices and eatables from roadside vendors; Maintain cleanliness  in surrounding and do not throw garbage in open; Never do self-medication or take medicines directly from chemist shop.  Medicines should always  be taken after getting proper advice from a qualified doctor.

All cases with above mentioned symptoms should immediately report  to the nearest  Health Centre or Physician.