Cholera is a high risk in Democratic Republic of the Congo

Health authorities have released up-to-date data on the cholera situation nationwide. So far this year, the number of reported cases (22,002 cases) of cholera is almost double the number reported last year. A total of 646 people have died from this infection. About 40 percent of the cases have been reported by just 8 provinces and districts, including Nord Ubangui, Sud Ubangui, Équateur, Tshopo, Mongala, Maniema, Mai-Ndombe and Kinshasa.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for all travellers may be high in many areas. All 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.