Is a ‘stomach bug’ spreading in Cape Town? COCT respond to concerns
A nasty case of gastro has, apparently, been spreading across the City of Cape Town over the past few weeks. Scores of citizens say they’ve come down with a stomach bug that is particularly unrelenting…
Is there a stomach bug going around Cape Town?
The illness, which has also been reported by those on social media, has got people wondering if a second, more local ‘pandemic’ is taking hold of the Mother City. The concerns raised by those affected have since drawn an official response.
Help me out here. Is there a tummy bug going around Cape Town? If yes, this thing must be the most evil, like, how on earth did I catch it!??
— reputashion (@tashmontlake) February 17, 2021
How is it possible that so many people in Cape Town are catching this stomach bug when we are all either at home or wearing masks, sanitizing and social distancing when in public???
— Nick Parker (@NickParker87) February 17, 2021
If Covid was as contagious as the Cape Town stomach bug we would all be dead.
— Bruce Mackay (@brucemackay) February 15, 2021
COCT ‘unfazed’ by gastro claims
Zahid Badroodien is the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health in Cape Town. And, once upon a time, he worked as a medical doctor. The City put their best man forward to respond to claims about this stomach bug.
According to him, there’s no evidence that gastro cases are spreading faster than usual. In fact, there’s been a substantial decline in the number of ‘diarrheal samples’ detected by the city’s water testing facilities. Which is reassuring, if not gross…
“Annually, between November and May, we usually record an increase in the number of diarrheal cases in the city. We’ve actually recorded a 25% drop in the overall caseload year-on-year in City health with the latest number being about 18,000 cases or diarrhea as compared to 2018/2019 which about 24,800 cases. Our water samples are tested very regularly.“
Kim Chipendu is a columnist for Healthy Organic Lifestyle.