About Cholera (and Travellers’ Diarrhoea (TD)
Key Fact: Approximately 20% of travellers are confined to bed for 1–2 days, while 40% have to change their itinerary as a result of travellers’ diarrhoea.
Faecal Oral: Ingesting various pathogens, including Vibrio cholera, via contaminated food and water.
Cases: Up to 70% of travellers affected by TD, depending on destination and season.
Symptoms: Sudden onset of profuse, watery diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting.
Severe Case: Severe dehydration, which can lead to death if left untreated.
Precautions: Only drink recently boiled water, or drink from a bottle that have been properly sealed. Try to avoid eating ice cream or having ice in your drinks, uncooked fruit and vegetables unless they have been washed in safe water, shellfish, seafood and salads. Ensure you wash your hands before eating and after visiting the bathroom. Have a cholera vaccination prior to travel.