Guinea-Bissau hard hit by cholera

Guinea-Bissau has recorded at least 700 cases of cholera thus far in 2013 (the most cases in Western Africa). Guinea-Bissau's poorest region, southern Tombali, is the worst hit,with 225 cases and 21 deaths as of late July. 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.

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