Household fish preparation hygiene and cholera transmission in Monrovia, Liberia.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/88075
Title:
Household fish preparation hygiene and cholera transmission in Monrovia, Liberia.
Authors:
Scheelbeek, Pauline; Treglown, Samuel; Reid, Tony; Maes, Peter
Journal:
Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
Abstract:
BACKGROUND: In the 1980s Vibrio cholerae was found to be an autochthonous resident of aquatic environments. As result, ingestion of undercooked, contaminated fish has been associated with cholera transmission. An alternative mechanism of transmission associated with fish was hypothesised by Schürmann et al. in 2002. He described a cholera case that was more likely to have been infected by contamination on the patient's hands rather than by ingestion of contaminated fish. METHODOLOGY: With fish being the main diet in Liberia, we decided to examine fish samples and preparation techniques in Monrovia. Excreta of 15 fish, caught in the estuarine waters of Monrovia, were analysed for V. cholerae. In addition, fish preparation methods were observed in 30 households. RESULTS: Two fish samples were found positive. Observations revealed that hygiene measures during the gutting process of fish were limited; although hands were usually rinsed, in all cases soap was not used. Furthermore, contaminated water was frequently reused during food preparation. CONCLUSIONS: Since the cooking process of fish (and thus elimination of bacteria) in Monrovia usually consists of both frying and boiling, it seems plausible that in this context, the hypothesis by Schürmann et al. could be applicable. Further research is necessary to confirm this association, which could be a starting point for more context-specific health education campaigns addressing food preparation hygiene as risk factor for cholera.
Affiliation:
Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium, Brussels, Belgium. Pauline.Scheelbeek@gmail.com
Issue Date:
Jul-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/88075
PubMed ID:
19858575
Language:
en
ISSN:
1972-2680
Appears in Collections:
Water/Sanitation

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dc.contributor.authorScheelbeek, Paulineen
dc.contributor.authorTreglown, Samuelen
dc.contributor.authorReid, Tonyen
dc.contributor.authorMaes, Peteren
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-15T21:24:52Z-
dc.date.available2009-12-15T21:24:52Z-
dc.date.issued2009-07-
dc.identifier.citationHousehold fish preparation hygiene and cholera transmission in Monrovia, Liberia. 2009, 3 (9):727-31 J Infect Dev Ctriesen
dc.identifier.issn1972-2680-
dc.identifier.pmid19858575-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/88075-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: In the 1980s Vibrio cholerae was found to be an autochthonous resident of aquatic environments. As result, ingestion of undercooked, contaminated fish has been associated with cholera transmission. An alternative mechanism of transmission associated with fish was hypothesised by Schürmann et al. in 2002. He described a cholera case that was more likely to have been infected by contamination on the patient's hands rather than by ingestion of contaminated fish. METHODOLOGY: With fish being the main diet in Liberia, we decided to examine fish samples and preparation techniques in Monrovia. Excreta of 15 fish, caught in the estuarine waters of Monrovia, were analysed for V. cholerae. In addition, fish preparation methods were observed in 30 households. RESULTS: Two fish samples were found positive. Observations revealed that hygiene measures during the gutting process of fish were limited; although hands were usually rinsed, in all cases soap was not used. Furthermore, contaminated water was frequently reused during food preparation. CONCLUSIONS: Since the cooking process of fish (and thus elimination of bacteria) in Monrovia usually consists of both frying and boiling, it seems plausible that in this context, the hypothesis by Schürmann et al. could be applicable. Further research is necessary to confirm this association, which could be a starting point for more context-specific health education campaigns addressing food preparation hygiene as risk factor for cholera.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of Infection in Developing Countriesen
dc.titleHousehold fish preparation hygiene and cholera transmission in Monrovia, Liberia.en
dc.contributor.departmentMédecins Sans Frontières Belgium, Brussels, Belgium. Pauline.Scheelbeek@gmail.comen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Infection in Developing Countriesen

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