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Cholera in Republic of Korea

23 Aug 2016

Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) has reported a Gwangju man has tested positive for cholera. It is the first outbreak of the disease in Korea for 15 years.

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.