Water Borne Diseases in Addis Ababa

Last updated: 15.06.2016 // The Ethiopian Government has issued a Government Alert regarding Water Borne Diseases in Addis Ababa.

The Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia has released an alert warning of a disease outbreak in Addis Ababa. Two people have been hospitalised, their symptoms included vomiting and diarrhoea. The source of infection seems to have been contaminated water and/or food. The Ministry names the recent heavy rains as the cause, and stated they are investigating the outbreak.

The Ministry has provided the following free hotling to seek further information and report new cases: 8335 and 952.

You can control your infection risk quite easily:

  • Wash your hands frequently and with soap and safe water, before you eat or prepare food, after using the latrine or toilet, before feeding your children, or after taking care of someone ill with diarrhoea.
  • Use only safe water to drink, brush your teeth, prepare food etc. (bottled water with unbroken selas and canned/bottled carbonated beverages, boiled water for 1 min).
  • Clean food preparation areas and kitchenware with soap and let dry completely before use.
  • Food preparation: "Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it."


Existing symptoms:

  • If you show symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration (dizziness when standing or not passing urine) you should consult a doctor. Infants with watery diarrhoea need urgent medical attention and may have to be hospitalised due to the dehydration risk.
  • Drink enough fluids to avoid dehydration (normal colour of urine should be light yellow to nearly colourless).
  • Rest until the infection is fully resolved, especially if the illness has been severe.

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