Cholera occurs in regions with poor sanitation, and little food hygiene and clean water. It is prevalent in areas that have had natural disasters or are at war. It is generally found in Africa, Asia and Central and South America, and around 3-5 million people are infected with Cholera each year.
When travelling, drink bottled or bolied water and do not eat food that is uncooked or fruit that you cannot peel. Be careful around hand washing and personal hygiene.
Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms can appear between 1-5 days after eating or drinking substances that are infected with the bacteria. Symptoms include vomiting clear liquids and diarrhoea, which can ead to dehydration and greying skin.
Cholera is preventable by a 2 dose Cholera vaccination course, with the Dukoral vaccine offering around 90% protection against the infection for 2 years.