The rainy season is here again. This is the time when drainages will be clogged and stagnant water in abundance. With these, one has to be more careful with their health to avoid the common rainy season diseases that come with the season.
With the rains, contagious diseases are also on the rise and sadly, it is the children that are the most vulnerable. Food and waterborne diseases are more prevalent but knowing what to expect means preparing better to avoid it. So, we have curated a list of ailments to watch out for this season.
Here are 3 common rainy season diseases to prevent…
The stagnant water around us creates an enabling environment for mosquitoes to thrive. To prevent this, we must always endeavour to keep our environment clean, fix mosquito nets on doors and windows. Keep the drains clean and allow water flow. Cut grasses around the home and always cover stored water with a tight lid.
2. Common Cold/Flu
Even though the flu can affect anyone at any time of the year, it gets worse during the rainy season. The common cold and flu share some mild differences. The flu is mostly a bacteria infection which often requires medical treatment while the cold, on the other hand, brings nasal congestion such as itchy throats, sneezing, running nose amongst others.
The most effective way to keep the common cold at bay is through constant hand washing. It is also advisable to use tissue paper or disposable napkin instead of a handkerchief. Handkerchief kept in the pocket with the virus has a way of spreading infection. Don’t forget to keep warm and wear children warm clothes always.
This is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is further easily spread by eating or drinking contaminated food and water.
This rainy season disease can be prevented by drinking safe and clean water, keeping food away from insects and rodents, washing and cooking food properly, washing hands with soap and water at all times and keeping the surroundings clean to prevent flies, insects and rodents from breeding.
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