Waterborne Infectious Diseases are any illness caused by drinking water contaminated by human or animal feces, which contain pathogenic microorganisms.
Contaminated water can cause diarrheal diseases that include several species of the salmonella and shigella bacteria, cholera, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever.
Waterborne and foodborne diseases are transmitted by ingestion of contaminated food or water.
How to prevent waterborne diseases?
- Always wash hands before and after preparing food or eating, likewise, children should be taught on hand washing.
- Sanitary sewage disposal
- Proper waste disposal
- Drink only filtered/boiled water
- Store water in a clean container
- Practice good personal hygiene.
Source: DOH CHD-Bicol