Cholera tests increase- Balbisi

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AMMAN— Adviser to the Prime Minister for Health Affairs Adel Al-Balbisi confirmed the increase in the rate of cholera tests, according to Jo24.اضافة اعلان

Balbisi stressed that Jordan has recorded zero cholera cases since 1981, noting that the Ministry of Health, for more than 20 years, has been examining about 15 percent of diarrhea samples to check for four microbes, including cholera.

Currently, the ministry has increased the rate of diarrhea testing samples to check for cholera, and in some areas it has become between 50 and 100 percent, according to Balbisi .

Quick test

He talked about diagnosing cholera by taking a stool sample and cultivating it in laboratories, pointing out the result takes between 48 and 72 to appear.

In order to avoid isolating suspected cases for that period, Balbisi referred to another test, which needs 10-15 minutes to show cholera positive or negative result.  

He pointed out that 2,500 rapid cholera tests will arrive in Jordan early next week, and will be distributed to governorates, especially to the north since they are the closest to the Syrian border.

cholera vaccinations

Balbisi said that no country in the world uses cholera vaccines at the present time, noting that cholera vaccines are currently available, but their effectiveness is low, and they are used in areas where the disease prevails and in small areas, stressing that if an infection is recorded in a camp, we can use the vaccine.

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