Cholera in Africa and Western Asia (Yemen)

Updated: December 13, 2018

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Original publication date: September 1, 2016

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.

Cholera outbreaks

The World Health Organization has confirmed outbreaks of cholera in the following countries in Africa and Western Asia:

Protect yourself from cholera

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

Find out if there is a risk of cholera before travelling

Eat and drink safely

Practise good hand hygiene

Consider vaccination

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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