Cholera

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  1. Heidi

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    Cairo: Tunisia and Morocco have put precautionary measures in place after authorities in neighbouring Algeria have confirmed two deaths resulting from cholera in the North African country.

    Health authorities in Algeria said that the second cholera-related death occurred on Friday, triggering panic in the country where the infectious disease was last heard of about 20 years ago.

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    Some 139 suspected cholera cases, including 46 confirmed ones, have been registered in four states in Algeria, including the capital Algiers, according to the Health Ministry that blamed the incidence on a water spring in the state of Tebessa, west of Algiers.

    In response, health authorities in neighbouring Tunisia announced a series of preventive measures linked to drinking water and food. The Tunisian Health Ministry also urged people against drinking water from unsafe sources and to strictly observe hygienic standards.

    Health authorities in Morocco, meanwhile, put hospitals nationwide on alert for detecting any incidence of cholera in the country and checking passengers arriving in from Algeria, Moroccan media reported.

    Cholera is caused by the intake of contaminated water or food, and results in an acute diarrhoea, which can be fatal if untreated.
     
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    Frightening stuff!!! Especially considering Algeria is not only Tunisia's neighbour....but it's biggest tourist market!!! :eek:
    There are millions of Algerians just drive across the border to holiday and/or bezness in Tunisia!!
    Tunisia is going through a medicine crisis too....there have been street protests over it.
     
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    Do I Need Vaccines for Tunisia?
    Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Tunisia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Tunisia: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, cholera, rabies, and influenza.

    Recommended Vaccines for Tunisia
    Vaccine How Disease Spreads
    Typhoid Contaminated Food or Water
    Hepatitis A Contaminated Food or Water
    Hepatitis B Contaminated Body Fluids
    (Sex, needles, etc.)

    Cholera Contaminated Food or Water
    Rabies Infected Animals
    Influenza Airborne Droplets
    Sources: CDC, WHO and ISTM.

    For more details on any of the above vaccinations, visit the detailed Passport Health specialty vaccination pages or make an appointment with your local Travel Medicine Specialist. Call 1-888-499-7277 or book online to schedule your appointment today.

    Is Cholera in Tunisia?
    Cholera is a gastrointestinal infection contracted through contaminated food or water. The CDC has identified Tunisia as a region with some risk of cholera. Consider the cholera vaccine, Vaxchora, before your trip.
     
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    There’s no provision for free medical attention for foreign nationals. All doctors’ fees, medication and hospitalisation in private clinics have to be paid for on the spot. These costs can be quite high. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
     
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    Morocco and Tunisia on alert
    The dire situation in Algeria has prompted neighbouring countries Morocco and Tunisia to begin preventive measures. Thousands cross to and from Algeria daily to Tunisia.

    Moroccan news website LE360 reported that the Moroccan minister of health, Anas Doukkali, has put his ministry on high alert to monitor and detect any possible cases of cholera. He also said that no case of the infection has been recorded in Morocco since 1997 and the risk of an outbreak in Morocco is very low.

    Meanwhile, precautionary measures have been taken by Tunisian authorities. For one, citizens have been advised not to consume water from unknown sources and to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with disinfectant.
     
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    Mango Chutney Well-Known Member

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    Thousands DAILY?!!! :eek:
    My millions referred to the annual crossings....but I might change that to kazillions!
    Trouble is (and I'm not being racist)....it's difficult to tell Algerians and Tunisians apart on appearance...especially as they both speak Arabic and have many rats....so it's difficult to know who to avoid.
     
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    You can't avoid. For example, we all use the same loo, don't we ;)
     
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    Say whaaaaaaat????? :eek:
    Can you disinfect food? :confused:
     
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    Bugger.....I knew that was you in my litter tray last week!!! :p
     
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    mlke.PNG ;)
     
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    Imagine fruit washed in disinfectant! You can’t even be sure if you order bottled water that’s it’s not just been refilled with tap water. Especially if it comes to the table with a cork!
     
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    Bottled water with a cork???? What sort of Michelin Star restaurants are you dining in? :D
     
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    Told you @Mango Chutney i’m dead posh. ;)
     
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    This is the stuff on Cholera I saw....Tunisia says it is clear, but (a) Would they admit it with the desperately needed tourist market just starting to recover? And (b) Tunisia is full of Algerian tourists.

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    If you don't get vaccinated (I never bothered with vaccinations for Tunisia...but I would recommend it now) and you get poorly....you'd better hope you can get treatment :thumbsup:


    News Alerts

    Tunisia: Medicine shortages nationwide
    Officials warn of decrease of medicine stocks; drug shortages possible in pharmacies and health centers nationwide
    05 Apr 11:33 AM UTC
    TIMEFRAME expected from 4/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 4/26/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Tunis).COUNTRY/REGION Tunisia
    Warning Health Tunisia

    Event
    Pharmacies and health centers in Tunisia are currently facing shortages of between 60 and 100 different drugs and the country’s strategic stock of medicines is shrinking. As of early April, a number of medications are either unavailable or becoming scarcer, including contraceptive pills, antiseptics, anxiolytics, antidepressants, and immunosuppressant drugs.

    Context
    Tunisia’s Central Pharmacy, which has a monopoly on medicine imports, is facing financial difficulties including significant debts, resulting in a halt in supply from several drug companies.

    Advice
    Individuals traveling to Tunisia should bring with them a sufficient supply of all necessary medications, accompanied with prescriptions if relevant. All travelers are advised to take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance prior to departure and to verify that none of their medications are banned or controlled in Tunisia.

    https://www.garda.com/crisis24/news-alerts/106511/tunisia-medicine-shortages-nationwide

    This report is from April, but the crisis is still ongoing. I can't find the report I read a couple of weeks ago, but protests were taking place in Tunis...the health minister is called 'The minister of death'.
     
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    I am not surprised about the medicine shortages. They expect a full set of antibiotics when they go to the doctor even when they have only a simple flu and the best way to cure is to stay in bed and wait till it goes.
    My rat does expect blood works and body’s can every time he goes to the doctor.
    Think we can start a new topic about this. He acted like he was terminally ill when he only had the flu. He always said that the doctor in Tunisia was way better than in Holland.
     
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    Hahahaha!!!! :D Omg, what a penis!
    It's been mentioned on the forum loads that they are hypochondriacs....but I don't think it has it's own thread yet :confused:
    Mine used to just do one sneeze and "Ahhh, help me, I'm dying"....in a pathetic baby voice :rolleyes: "I need Florence Nightingale (mummy)....I'm dying"....errrr, no love, you just sneezed.

    One time when he was "dying", mummy was sent to the pharmacy to purchase enough drugs to stock the North Middlesex hospital for a year....I swear I peed me pants a little with laughter, when Florence came strolling in with that lot :D
    Mummy would pamper him like royalty, she'd freakin be running around like a blue arsed fly dealing with his every request....she did everything bar clean his feckin butt! :D
    He'd be moaning and groaning, and hard though it is to believe possible...he'd sleep even longer!!

    They can buy penicillin over the counter there! It's a POM in England, so I was so shocked.
    I told him that a cold is a viral infection, and that antibiotics wouldn't touch it, that they are to kill infection...but he wouldn't listen, so he deserved the upset tummy that followed :thumbsup:

    I'll have to dig out a pic of all the meds I was prescribed when I actually really was ill. They didn't work though...so injections followed.
    These rats are the biggest hypochondriacs on earth :rolleyes:
     
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    Tadaaaaa.....found it!!

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    I have no idea what was actually wrong with me, but I am not one for seeking medical help....and I had to with this bug...I literally thought I was dying. The tummy pains were indescribable!
    I did ask what was wrong with me, what was it called...and they were crying with laughter because I thought it had a name :eek:
    That's how advanced their medical practice is....they said it's a tummy infection, of course it has no name. I had to explain that in the civilised world, these illnesses are diagnosed by more than a prod on the tummy and we are told exactly what is wrong with us....that the illness is named!
    The doctors are better than Holland, ha....I don't think so :D
     
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    Sooo that’s a lot of meds :eek: They never heard of getting resistant to antibiotics that’s how good the doctors are.
     
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    Algeria, Aug. 26, 2018. Algerian Health Authorities announced on Sunday that there are more confirmed cases of cholera in northern provinces, according to official APS news agency. Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Mokhtar Hasbellaoui, said that there have been 49 confirmed cases out of 147 suspected who are getting medical treatment at hospitals in northern Algeria. (Xinhua)

    The ministry specified that the highest number of cholera affected cases was recorded in Blida province, 50 km south of Algiers. Other cases were found in the capital Algiers, the provinces of Tipaza which locates 50 km west of Algiers and Bouira, 100 km southeast of Algiers.

    All of the suspected cholera cases are currently in isolation at different hospitals receiving medical treatment.

    The ministry denied the reports that the cholera outbreak due to water contamination, but contaminated fruits and vegetables, warning people to take prevention measures.


    more cases :(
     
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    TRIPOLI, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Health Ministry of the Libyan UN-backed government on Sunday declared alert to face possible cholera infections from neighboring Algeria.

    The Monitoring and Investigation Department of the National Center for Disease Control of the ministry raised the level of readiness to face the possibility of cholera infections from Algeria to Libya, especially at border areas, the ministry said in a statement.

    The ministry called on medical centers and hospitals to "take caution from people coming from Algeria and check their health status for any possible symptoms of the disease."
     
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    Cholera epidemic threatens three Arab states and Tunisia declares state of emergency

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    A state of anxiety and anticipation experienced by the neighboring countries of Algeria, following the outbreak of the cholera epidemic that hit dozens, so far as Tunisia took all the emergency measures for fear of transmission of the disease to it.
    "The Tunisian Ministry of Health has stressed the need to refrain from taking water from unsafe sources, including public water treatment and sale units and water vendors, and to use sanitary and clean containers to conserve water and disinfect it," the Russian news agency Sputnik reported. The image of the provision of private water points, waste disposal and household wastewater in a healthy manner. "
    On the other hand, "Libyan popular demands have increased the need to take the necessary measures and preventive measures, in anticipation of the transfer of the disease to the Libyan territory."
    Algeria has officially announced the first case of cholera deaths in the state of Blida, west of Algiers, and confirmed 41 more deaths in four states. Ending / 25 z

    http://www.almaalomah.com/2018/08/25/338111/
     
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    I remember when a rat was ill he told me a doctor had recommended him to wrap himself and go for a walk for "virus flies away".:confused::confused:
     
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    Oh, I know just Dolipran:D:D. It's paracetamol.:)
     
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    I have read in Yemen there is real epidemic of cholera now.. I wonder is there any connection with North Africa cases?
     
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    Yes it's in Algeria I don't know about tunis
    But if you go any of these countries don't drink the water not even to brush you teeth.
     

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