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Cholera in Democratic Republic of Congo

25 May 2016

Since the beginning of 2016, 9821 cholera cases have been reported in DRC, this is an increase of 3000 compared to the same period in 2015. The number of cholera cases is continuing to rise despite the start of the dry season. The East of the country remains the most affected region, though cases have been reported in the capital Kinshasa.

(Via European Commission ECHO Daily Flash - accessed 25/05/16)

Advice for Travellers

Cholera is a low risk for most travellers. Travellers to outbreak areas who will be mixing closely with the local population and cannot ensure safe drinking water can be immunised against cholera. A high standard of food/water precautions and personal hygiene should be maintained whenever possible.