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Cholera in South Sudan

16 Jun 2017

As of 9 June 2017, WHO reported there have been 7735 cholera cases, including 246 deaths (case fatality rate 3.2%) in 19 counties as of 5 May 2017. This cholera outbreak that began in June 2016 has spread to more locations and lasted longer than outbreaks in 2014 and 2015.

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