Cholera is an extremely unpleasant intestinal illness. Some travelers have the misfortune of experiencing it while traveling in countries where cases of cholera are common. But in general, the risk of getting cholera while traveling is low.
The most effective way to prevent cholera is by taking the cholera vaccination and by following certain steps to avoid and prevent Cholera contamination while traveling. The cholera vaccine is available at our Miles Pharmacy Travel Clinic.
To learn more about how to prevent cholera, we’ve put together some useful information for you.
What is cholera?
Cholera is an intestinal illness that occurs when a person accidentally ingests the Vibrio cholera bacteria which causes terrible diarrhea and dehydration that can be life-threatening in some cases.
Cholera continues to spread in countries that have poor sanitation, unsafe drinking water, and inadequate hygiene.
Symptoms of cholera?
Symptoms of cholera can occur 12 hours to five days after ingesting the cholera bacteria.
Symptoms typically include:
• Intense thirst.
• Muscle cramps
• Restlessness or irritability.
HOW TO PREVENT CHOLERA
Cholera vaccines are available for people who will be traveling in high-risk areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and Haiti.
An oral cholera vaccine called Vaxchora is given as a drink in 2 doses (given 1 to 6 weeks apart). It will provide protection against cholera for up to 2 years. Make sure to complete both doses at least a week before traveling.
Cholera vaccines are highly effective, but not 100% guaranteed, so continue to take precautions when traveling with food and water and follow strict hygiene practices.
Five Steps You Can Take to Prevent Cholera
You should always practice good personal hygiene and be diligent about only drinking clean bottled and only eating in sanitary establishments when traveling.
Following these 5 simple steps below can greatly reduce your risk of getting cholera in areas where cholera is common:
1. Only drink and use safe water.
2. Wash hands with warm water and soap frequently
3. Only use clean and sanitary toilets and bathrooms
4. Cook food properly, cover it and eat it hot. Try to avoid fresh vegetables and fruits that cannot be peeled.
5. Clean up safely. Don’t reuse contaminated cleaning rags, always clean with clean cloths and soap or disinfectant.
Cholera Vaccination Services are available at Miles Pharmacy in each of our South London travel clinics which are staffed by vaccine experts who can provide advice about travel vaccinations, malaria prevention, and travel tips to stay healthy.