Cholera in Kenya
23 Dec 2022
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports ongoing transmission of cholera in Kenya.
Between 8 October 2022 and 5 December 2022, there have been 1 552 suspected cases, including 30 deaths. Most cases have been reported from Garissa (654), Nairobi (384), Machakos (231) and Kiambu (164) counties.
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.