Refugees from Burundi bring cholera to western Tanzania

Approximately 70,000 refugees from Burundi have arrived at one of three centres, Nyarugusu, Kigoma and Kagunga, in the western Tanzanian province of Kigoma. Cholera appears to have broken out at all 3 sites with almost 400 suspected cases and 7 deaths.


International health care and aid workers should be aware that anyone in 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.