Officials with the Sindh health department report a total of 75 lab-confirmed cholera cases in the province so far in 2023, including 55 lab-confirmed cases in Karachi, according to Pakistani media.
Four cholera deaths have been reported from Karachi to date.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg as over half a million cases of acute watery diarrhea (AWD) have been reported in the province during the first six months of this year,” an official of the Communicable Disease Control in the Directorate General Health Services Sindh.
“Citizens in Karachi are getting sewage-mixed water for last few decades and due to that, cases of water-borne illnesses have been on the rise. Now cholera cases are being reported, which can kill a person, especially children, within hours. Every person should use boiled water or clean drinking water to prevent themselves from diseases like cholera, typhoid, acute watery diarrhea and gastroenteritis,” said Dr Shahid Ahmed, a professor of gastroenterology in Karachi.
Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is a serious disease that can cause severe acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration. Cholera affects both children and adults and can kill within hours if untreated. Recommended cholera disease prevention and control measures include providing safe drinking water and proper sanitation to at-risk populations and timely and appropriate healthcare for those with clinical disease.