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Vibriosis in Sweden

23 Jul 2021

Swedish public health authorities (in Swedish) have reported 13 cases of serious vibriosis infection in July 2021. All cases have been reported from the Swedish coasts of Götaland and Svealand. Most of the cases have been people aged over 65 years.

Vibriosis is an infection caused by bacteria which can be found in coastal waters. It can cause you to have an upset stomach, or develop ear infections or infections of your skin. Infection usually occurs if you have been swimming or bathing in infected waters in warm weather.

Advice for Travellers

If you are planning swimming or bathing in open waters during travel to affected areas:

  • consider wearing clothes or shoes that might protect you from cutting yourself while you are in the water
  • avoid contact with open water if you have any skin wounds, until after they have fully healed
  • this is particularly important if you have a condition that affects your immune system

If you develop a rash or any signs of infection to your skin after bathing, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible, particularly if your symptoms quickly get worse.