TRAVEL & IMMUNISATION CLINIC
What is Cholera?
Cholera is an infection caused by a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae that can cause severe diarrhoea. It can lead to serious dehydration and shock.
You can catch Cholera from:
Drinking unclean water
Eating food (particularly shellfish) that’s been in unclean water
Eating food that’s been handled by an infected person.
Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms include sudden, profuse watery diarrhoea, with associated nausea and vomiting.
If untreated, cholera can rapidly lead to serious dehydration and shock. Of these, 50% with serious complications, die. With quick and effective treatment, the risk of dying is less than 1%.
Most prevalent in parts of Africa, Asia and Central and South America.
It is common in many low-income countries, and is largely linked to poverty, bad sanitation, and poor access to clean drinking water.
Cholera is easily preventable with a vaccination
You should also take sensible precautions about food and water hygiene