Outbreak of acute watery diarrhea in Somalia due to recent drought conditions

A current outbreak of diarrhea is affecting hundreds of individuals in Baidoa, and is thought to be due to contaminated water after recent dry weather. In the last week alone, 147 people have been hospitalized for diarrhea.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers can reduce the risk of exposure to the many germs that cause intestinal illness (such as cholera, E.coli, salmonella, and many viruses) by avoiding consumption of contaminated food and water (especially when sold by street vendors) and by practicing careful personal hygiene with frequent hand washing.

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