Cholera is a bacterial infection which affects the gastrointestinal system. It is more common in areas where there is poor access to clean water and inadequate sanitation.
It is contracted by consuming contaminated food or water and can also be passed on from person to person leading to outbreaks.
Cholera is a potentially fatal infection – it can lead to watery diarrhea, dehydration and sepsis.
It is usually treated by rehydration and in some cases antibiotics may be required. Some patients need to be admitted into hospital for intravenous fluids.
Taking precautions such as drinking bottled or cooled boiled water are important.
In addition, there is also an oral vaccine which protects against cholera and is recommended depending on where you are travelling.
• Oral vaccine, available over the age of 2
• 2 or 3 doses depending on age, given between 1 – 6 weeks apart
• Can be given with other vaccines
Please contact us for further information.