Cholera is a severe and acute bacterial infection of the small bowel which is caused by eating or drinking food and watercontaminated with faecal matter containing the Vibrio Choleraeorganism. Cholera is found in parts of Asia, Africa, South & Central America and the Middle East.
The symptoms of Cholera can vary between individuals. There is an incubation period of 1-5 days, but symptoms often present within hours of exposure. Some cases may cause no obvious symptoms or only very mild diarrhoea. However in others Cholera can cause sudden, profuse watery diarrhoea which can lead to very rapid fluid loss and dehydration. This severe dehydration can be fatal.
Usually if fluids and electrolytes are replaced promptly, the infected individual should make a full recovery.
The risk to the majority of travellers is low. Those at greatest risk are those travelling to rural areas living in areas of poor sanitation.
For most travellers good food and water hygiene is the best prevention. You should also wash your hands after using the toilet, changing nappies and before cooking or eating.
Food & Water Hygiene: •
Disinfect drinking water by boiling, using water purification tablets or water filtration devices:
Try to eat recently prepared, thoroughly cooked, piping hot food:
The vaccine used to prevent Cholera is Dukoral. Unusually Dukoral is an oral vaccine given in a glass of cool water which is given in 2 doses at least a week apart. The final dose of Dukoral should be taken at least one week before potential exposure to Cholera. If you have completed a full course of immunisation, you will be protected for 2 years. After which a booster dose will be required.
You can be vaccinated at our clinic today from only £28 for a single dose. Call 02089021328 for more information.