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Cholera in Haiti

22 November 2023

The Ministry of Health in Haiti reports continiong transmission of cholera. From 2 October 2022 to 31 October 2023 there have been 69 131 suspected cholera cases with 1 054 deaths and 65 738 hospital admissions.

Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of faecally contaminated food or water, and occasionally foodstuffs such as shellfish.

Advice for Travellers

Severe cholera is rare in travellers. Mild cases may present as travellers' diarrhoea.

All travellers should be given advice on:

Vaccination against cholera is dependent on the individual risk assessment, but may be considered for:

  • volunteers/humanitarian workers/medical personnel travelling to disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks are likely
  • travellers with remote itineraries in areas where cholera outbreaks are occurring and there is limited access to medical care