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Outbreaks of Cholera continue in Yemen, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania (Update 1)

01 Jun 2017

Yemen: On 31 May 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO) Yemen Country Office reported (via Twitter) that more than 65,300 suspected cholera cases and 532 deaths have been reported in 253 districts.

This is an increase of 10 000 cases since 27 April 2017, with Yemen's health system unable to cope with the scale of the emergency.  

Advice to Travellers

Prevention is focused on ensuring safe water and food, particularly in countries where cholera is more common or where outbreaks occur (see individual country record). Food and drink to be wary of include untreated water, ice, shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables.

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

A vaccine is available to protect against cholera but as the risk to most travellers is very low, it is only recommended in 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 and where care with food and water is difficult or not possible.

For further information see Cholera