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’s been properly sealed; Avoid eating ice cream or having ice in your drinks; Avoid uncooked fruit and vegetables unless they have been washed in safe water; Avoid shellfish, seafood and salads; Ensure you wash your hands before eating and after visiting the bathroom; Vaccination.