Infectious agent: The bacterium Vibrio cholerae

Main symptom(s): Severe diarrhoea

Where is it most commonly found?

Cholera is mainly found in areas of poor hygiene and sanitation.

How are you likely to catch the disease?

Direct faecal-oral contamination or by consuming contaminated water or food.

Who needs to be vaccinated?

People at considerable risk; for example, if you’re working in humanitarian disaster and relief situations or if you’re travelling to an area that has a cholera epidemic (a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time).

How is the vaccination given?

As an oral liquid – you’ll need two doses between one and six weeks apart, with the second dose taken at least a week before you travel.

How long will the vaccination protect you for?

The cholera vaccine doesn't give you lifelong immunity – talk to your doctor regarding booster doses.

Other protective measures you can take

Food and water hygiene and hand washing precautions

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