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Cholera in Yemen (Update 3)

19 Jun 2017

On 15 June 2017 the World Health Organisation reported 29 562 suspected cholera cases and 172 associated deaths from  5 June  to 12 June 2017. About half of the total suspected cholera cases have been reported from Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah governorates since October 2016.

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