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What is it?

Cholera is a bacterial infection caused by drinking contaminated water or eating food that has been in contact with contaminated water.


How is it spread?

Cholera is usually transmitted via infected water that has been contaminated by faeces and less commonly via food.

The infection is more common during floods and after natural disasters, in areas with very poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water. 


Not everyone who becomes infected will develop symptoms, but those who do will usually experience:

  • severe, watery diarrhoea

  • feeling and being sick

  • stomach cramps


Advice for Travellers?

Ensure safe food and water, particularly in countries where cholera is more common.

Food and drink to be wary of include untreated water, ice, shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables.

Good personal hygiene is essential. Individuals should ensure that they wash their hands prior to eating and after visiting the bathroom.



Vaccination may be considered under the following circumstances:

  • Volunteers/aid workers/medical personnel in disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks likely.

  • Those travelling to work in slums/refugee camps, areas affected by natural disasters, or countries experiencing cholera outbreaks.


For more information on advice on vaccinations and how to minimise your exposure to cholera please call us or visit us in store.

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