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Cholera in Yemen (Update 12)

26 Feb 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Link reports a total of 1,063,786 suspected cholera cases (with 2,258 deaths) from 27 April 2017 to 18 Feb 2018. Most governorates (22/23) have been affected and 306/333 districts have reported cases.

Cases continue to be reported from 174 districts although the weekly number of cases has been declining for the past 23 weeks.

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.