Between 30% and 70% of all travellers suffer from diarrhea on their trip.1 Approximately 20% of infected people are confined to bed for 1-2 days, whereby around 40% have to change their travel plans.2
How do people catch this disease?
Mostly from food or water that has been contaminated with faeces containing the bacteria which cause thisdiseases.5,6,7
Which countries are affected?
Cholera is common in Central and Middle America, Africa, Asia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic (see map).3
What are the symptoms?
Watery diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.5.6 Although most of the infections are mild or asympthomatic, severe cases of cholera can lead to death within hours if left untreated. Stomach cramps are also common in cases of cholera.6
How serious is the disease
Most cases of diarrhoea are mild or asympthomatic.5,6,7 Dehydration is a risk in severe cases,so it’s important to keep drinking clean water. Electrolyte supplements may help.5,6,7
Cholera is a severe and potentially fatal bacterial infection that requires urgent treatment to prevent dehydration. Immediate replacement of liquids and electrolytes or antibiotics given by infusion.5,6,7
Can I reduce the chances of catching Cholera?
You can take the following precautions to help reduce your risk of infection: