Conditions in Tanzania promote spread of cholera

According to government authorities, poor sanitation associated with contaminated water supplies and inadequate drainage and sewerage infrastructures have promoted the spread of cholera. So far this year, 8,185 cholera cases (both in Mainland and Zanzibar) and 116 deaths have occurred as of mid-November. Over 50 per cent of the cases have been reported from Dar es Salaam.

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Advice For Travellers

Cholera has become a serious problem in Tanzania this year. The risk for the general traveller may be very high in the capital city and elsewhere. All travellers to any area where cholera has been reported can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once. Severe dehydration may occur very quickly.

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