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Cholera in Uganda (Kampala, Wakiso & Luwero)

20 Feb 2019

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)the Ministry of Health in Uganda has reported 53 cases of cholera (including 3 deaths) in Kampala City, Wakiso and Luwero from 07 January to 10 February 2019 . Eighteen areas have reported at least 1 suspected case, with 9 areas reporting at least 1 confirmed case. Most cases have been reported from informal settlements. Kabowa in Kampala is most affected, with 10 confirmed cases.

Advice for Travellers

Prevention is focused on ensuring safe water and food, particularly in countries where cholera is more common or where outbreaks occur (see individual country record). Food and drink to be wary of include untreated water, ice, shellfish, salads, unwashed fruit and vegetables.

Good personal hygiene is essential. Individuals should ensure that they wash their hands frequently, prior to eating and after visiting the bathroom.

A vaccine is available to protect against cholera but as the risk to most travellers is very low, it is only recommended in the following circumstances:

  • Volunteers/aid workers/medical personnel in disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks likely.
  • Those travelling to work in slums/refugee camps, areas affected by natural disasters, or countries experiencing cholera outbreaks and where care with food and water is difficult or not possible.

For further information see Cholera