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Cholera in Democratic Republic of Congo (Update)

11 Nov 2016

According to a WHO report (in French) as of 27 October, over 24 196 cases of cholera and 739 deaths have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2016.

The incidence to date this year far exceeds the total of reported cases and death for all of 2015.

Advice for Travellers

Good personal hygiene is essential. Individuals should ensure that they wash their hands prior to eating and after visiting the bathroom.

A vaccine is available to protect against cholera. Vaccination may be considered under the following circumstances:

  • Volunteers/aid workers/medical personnel in disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks likely.
  • Those travelling to work in slums/refugee camps, areas affected by natural disasters, or countries experiencing cholera outbreaks.