Returning refugees in Burundi may contribute to spread of cholera

Tens of thousands of refugees are returning to Burundi where there has been a cholera outbreak for the past 2 months. The movement of tens of thousands of people who have poor access to water and sanitation facilities place them at risk for cholera. In Burundi, Nyanza-Lac and Makamba districts have been the most affected by cholera. Travellers to this area can reduce the risk of exposure to cholera by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If visiting this area and if gastrointestinal symptoms develop, e.g., vomiting and watery diarrhoea, travellers should seek medical care at once.

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