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Worldwide Cholera outbreaks - more news from The Travel Clinic, Ipswich

There has been a number of Cholera outbreaks this year. In September alone there were outbreaks reported from Guinea Bissau, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Iraq.

Prevention is always better than cure. There is a Cholera vaccine available at The Travel Clinic Ltd, Cambridge and Ipswich, called Dukoral. This is taken by mouth, two doses with one week apart.

We recommend this to travellers going to at risk areas who may not be able to be able to source well cooked food or also boiled water.

Cholera infection is caused by contaminated food or water, which can occur commonly after floods or disruption to sanitation. Cholera causes a sudden onset of watery diarrhoea often accompanied by vomiting. One can pass as much as 22 liters of diarrhoea in 24 hours. Travellers should always boil water for three minutes prior to drinking or even cleaning teeth with it. Ensuring food is cooked thoroughly is another preventative measure that can reduce risk of transmission.

Most symptomatic cases are hard to distinguish from other illnesses that cause diarrhoea - it is only in one in 10 that have such severe symptoms such as to be admitted to hospital, indeed it may be thought of as a nasty bout of travellers' diarrhoea.

Treatment includes rehydration salts and drinking lots of water. Severely dehydrated patients may need intravenous fluids. Antibiotics can reduce the spread of the illness.

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Providers of specialist health care when travelling. Vaccines and malaria tablets.

We offer vaccinations to children of all ages, from Chicken Pox vaccines to Hep A/B.

We are available to offer vaccinations and specialst travel advice for the Business Traveller, Back Paker and Holiday maker along with in depth country specific travel profile and risk assesments. All our information is updated daily so that you will receive the latest advice.

We can also arrange blood tests where necessary.

We offer not just travel vaccinations but vaccines for occupational requirements. We can also offer BCG, Shingles and Chicken Pox vaccine, and HPV vaccine.