High rates of cholera in Guinea-Bissau

According to a UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report, health officials in Guinea-Bissau have reported at least 700 cases of cholera so far in 2013, making it the country with the most cases in the region. The most affected area is Guinea-Bissau’s poorest region, southern Tombali where there have been 21 deaths due to this infection. 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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