Cholera outbreak in Uganda

09 July 2019

Article: 53/2702

An outbreak of cholera in the Ugandan Bududa district on the border with Kenya, with 11 cases noted so far, has been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Travellers to the region are advised to only consume safe food and water. Food and drink to be wary of include untreated water, ice, shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables.

Good personal hygiene is essential, particularly frequent hand washing, especially prior to eating and after visiting the bathroom. 

A vaccine is available to protect against cholera, but as the risk to most travellers is very low, it is only recommended for:

  • Volunteers/aid workers/medical personnel in disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks are likely. 
  • Those travelling to work in slums/refugee camps, areas affected by natural disasters, or countries experiencing cholera outbreaks and where care with food and water is difficult or not possible.

Further information relating to cholera can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Sources: TRAVAX and fitfortravel (both 4 July 2019)