No cholera cases have been reported in the sultanate, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a press statement earlier this evening.

The statement  was issued in light of recent cases identified in neighbouring Papar, Sabah. The ministry assured it will continue to monitor the status of cholera outbreaks in neighbouring countries and will inform the public on any development.

“As a result of continuous surveillance by the Ministry of Health, so far no cases of cholera have been reported in Brunei Darussalam,” the statement read.

As a precaution, members of the public are  advised to practise good personal hygiene by thoroughly washing their hands with soap after using the toilet and before eating. The ministry also urged the public to ensure that all food is properly prepared and cooked before consumption.

The MoH also advised the public to drink either boiled water or sealed bottled mineral water, and to immediately consult a doctor if they experience any signs or symptoms of cholera especially after visiting an area with reported cases.

The main symptom of cholera is diarrhea and this may include other symptoms such as vomiting and abdominal pain. Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by the bacteria “vibrio cholera”, which spreads through contaminated food and water. Severe cases of cholera can lead to dehydration and may cause death if proper treatment is not sought.