Global cholera outbreaks- news from The Travel Clinic Ltd, Ipswich and Cambridge
Cholera outbreaks have been reported amongst construction workers in Jaipur, India and also their families have been affected by contaminated drinking water
In Sudan a young boy and 16 people have been admitted to hospital in County Rubkotna. There have been three days of rain at the start of the rainy season and many people in Sudan drink untreated river water which is also used for washing. In Kinshasa a growing outbreak has claimed 400 lives and affected 19,100 people according to the UN. Poor hygiene and limited access to protected water supplies with lack of sanitation are to blame. In the Philippines in Catanduanes 18 deaths and 1,370 cases have been reported. Again contaminated water seems to be to blame.
At The Travel Clinic Ltd we offer a combination of approaches. Firstly food and water hygiene advice. Check all water is safe and if in doubt use bottled water if available or sterilise by boiling or use of chlorine tablets ( available from the clinic). Ensure food is hot and recently prepared and avoid shellfish, salads and ice in drinks. Secondly, there is a vaccine against Cholera. This is available from us here at The Travel Clinic LtdFor adults and children over 6 years old it involves 2 doses of a live oral vaccine, taken 1 week apart at least 2 weeks before being at risk.