Cholera in Nigeria

20 July 2021

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reports continued transmission of cholera in the country, with 14,343-suspected cases, including 325 deaths, reported by 16 Nigerian states from 1 January through to 27 June 2021.

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. Travellers are also advised that good personal hygiene is essential, particularly frequent hand washing.

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 and medical personnel in disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks are likely¬†
  • those travelling to work in slums or 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.

Source: TRAVAX, 12 July 2021