Students from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have been urged to observe caution regarding a possible cholera outbreak in Juja.
According to R W Mumo, JKUAT’s Chief Medical Officer, students should be careful in handling food after a number of cases were reported around the institution.
“We expect strict hand washing before handling food. The students should drink only boiled water,” Mumo stated in the memo on Friday.
In the memo, Mumo advised students against eating food from hawkers. Students were urged to avoid chips, fruits and boiled eggs.
Over the recent months, the country has been on high alert regarding cholera outbreak in various parts.
Cholera is among the deadly waterborne diseases that can kill within hours from infection in the event it remains untreated. Cholera can be prevented through drinking treated water.
Additionally, the disease can be prevented through observing hygiene.
Washing hands with soap and cleaning latrines can prevent the spread and infection of cholera. Kenya is among countries that have resorted to using vaccines to fight cholera.
The country administers the Shanchol oral vaccine to family members of the infected person.