Cholera continues in Malawi

Since the last report of a cholera outbreak in Karonga on April 26th, cholera has continued to affect Karonga and now Rumphi in the northern part of the country. The outbreak is described as severe in Ngara and Chilumba in Karonga lakeshore areas as well as at Chitimba in Rumphi. Cases were reported in Luwuchi (in Rumphi) for the first time in 45 years. There may be a shortage of medications to treat the disease.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure to this disease. Strictly observe all food and water precautions in any area where there is cholera. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once.

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