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close this bookGuidelines for Cholera Control (WHO - OMS, 1993, 68 p.)
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View the document7.3 Ineffective control measures

7.1 Health education

Health education is the key to public awareness and cooperation. An outbreak can be more quickly controlled when people understand how to help limit its spread. Experienced health educators therefore play an important role in epidemic control. Community and service organizations can also be useful in disseminating health messages through their programmes.

It is particularly important to inform people that most cases of cholera can be treated with simple measures, and that vaccination is not effective. There is no substitute for drinking only safe water, practising good personal hygiene, and preparing food safely. (See Annex 3 for examples of appropriate health education messages.)