Cholera in Somalia
23 Dec 2022
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Somalia continues to report transmission of Cholera.
From 1 January 2022 to 8 December 2022, there have been 13 079 suspected cases, including 73 deaths in 25 districts of Somalia. Banadir region, which surrounds the city of Mogadishu, has been particularly affected.
Cholera is an infection spread mainly through food and water that can cause sudden watery diarrhoea.
Advice for Travellers
Cholera is rare in travellers. Mild cases may present as travellers' diarrhoea.
If you are travelling to a country where there is an outbreak of cholera, you should be aware how to:
- practice safe food and water precautions
- practice effective hand hygiene
- treat mild diarrhoea, and when to seek medical attention
A vaccine is available to protect against cholera. Since the risk to travellers is very low, the vaccine is only usually recommended for volunteers or humanitarian workers travelling to work in disaster relief situations.
See the fitfortravel Cholera page for further information.