Cholera in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Updated: February 16, 2018


What is Cholera?

Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection that is caused by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated with the bacterium 'Vibrio cholerae'. Cholera causes watery diarrhea and can quickly lead to severe dehydration. In severe cases it can lead to death if left untreated.

Why should you be concerned?

Since 2010, Haiti and the Dominican Republic have been experiencing a cholera epidemic. In 2017, Haiti reported over 13 400 cases of cholera and over 150 deaths. The Dominican Republic has had over 110 cases and 4 related deaths.

How can you prevent Cholera?

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

Follow strict food and water precautions while travelling in the Dominican Republic or Haiti.

Wash your hands frequently

Consider getting vaccinated

If you develop severe diarrhea and/or vomiting while travelling or after you return to Canada

Registration of Canadians Abroad

Sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to stay connected with the Government of Canada in case of an emergency abroad or an emergency at home.

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