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Cholera in Yemen (Update 13)

19 Mar 2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports a total of 1,080,878 suspected cholera cases (with 2266 deaths) from 27 April 2017 to 18 Mar 2018. 127 of 305 districts affected have reported cases in the past 7 days.

This represents an increase of 3649 suspected cases and 1 death since 12 March. The number of cases reported each week continues to decrease.

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.