What is cholera?

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is most often spread by drinking water or eating food that has been contaminated.

What is my risk?

Most travellers are at very low risk, if they practise good personal hygiene and safe food and water precautions, even in countries where cholera outbreaks are being reported.
Travellers at higher risk include those visiting, working or living in areas with limited access to safe food, water and proper sanitation, or to areas where outbreaks are occurring.

How is it transmitted?          

What are the symptoms?

Can cholera be treated?

The most important treatment is to stay hydrated. 

If a person with symptoms is treated promptly, the illness is rarely fatal. In severe cholera cases, antibiotics can help shorten the length of the illness.

Where is cholera a concern?


Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

1. Practise safe food and water precautions

2. Wash your hands frequently

3. Consider getting vaccinated

4. Monitor your health and carry oral rehydration salts

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