Cholera in Nepal (Kathmandu Valley)
13 Jul 2022
According to the Ministry of Health of Nepal, there have been 27 cases of cholera in the Kathmandu Valley between 16 June 2022 and 11 July 2022. Investigations have shown widespread contamination of drinking water in the Valley area.
Cholera is an infection spread mainly through food and water that can cause sudden 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.