Cholera in Yemen

Released: July 23, 2019

Current situation

There is a widespread cholera outbreak in Yemen.  Over 1.8 million suspected cases of cholera have been reported since the outbreak began in April 2016.

The outbreak has affected 22 of 23 governorates in the country.

Up-to-date information can be found in the World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean's (EMRO) weekly cholera updates.

About cholera

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

Cholera is endemic in many countries around the world. Every year there are between 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera, with between 20 000 to 140 000 deaths. Travellers to tourist areas that practise safe food and water precautions and good hand hygiene are at low risk.

Protect yourself from cholera

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel.

Eat and drink safely

Practise good hand hygiene

Consider vaccination

If you develop symptoms

If you experience 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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