Cholera in Nigeria
12 Jul 2021
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reports continued transmssion of cholera in the country.
From 1 January to 27 June 2021, there have been 14,343 suspected cases including 325 deaths reported across 16 Nigerian states.
Cholera is an infection spread mainly through food and water that can cause acute watery diarrhoea.
Advice for Travellers
Cholera is rare in travellers. Mild cases may present as travellers' diarrhoea.
If you are travelling to a country where there is an outbreak of cholera, you should be aware how to:
- practice safe food and water precautions
- practice effective hand hygiene
- treat mild diarrhoea, and when to seek medical attention
A vaccine is available to protect against cholera. Since the risk to travellers is very low, the vaccine is only usually recommended for volunteers or humanitarian workers travelling to work in disaster relief situations.
See the fitfortravel Cholera page for further information.