Cholera update from The Travel Clinic Ltd, Ipswich and Cambridge
In April this year we posted a blog warning about cholera disease in popular holiday destinations including the Dominican Republic. Cholera causes severe watery diarrhoea.
The latest update from the Dominican authorities unfortunately reports that the worst is not yet over. By August this year, there had been nearly 16,000 suspected cases with 109 deaths. New cases are still being reported at much higher levels than normal.
Travellers need to pay strict attention to hand and personal hygiene, and the safety of their food and drinks. High risk food such as shellfish, ice cubes/tap water, and salad items should all be avoided. Soft drinks should all be taken from a bottle rather than through a mixer tap in order to avoid drinking tap water.
An oral cholera vaccine is available for anyone concerned that they are at risk of the disease. Please contact The Travel Clinic Ltd, on 01223 367362 to discuss or book an appointment at our Cambridge or Ipswich clinics.