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Cholera in Pakistan (Sindh, Balochistan & Punjab)

21 Jun 2022

On 17 June 2022, the World Health Organization issued an update on the continuing cholera outbreak in Pakistan.

As of 27 May 2022, Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces have reported a total of 290 cases of cholera. Most cases (234) have been reported in Sindh.  Balochistan has reported 31 cases (including 9 deaths). Panjab has reported 25 cases.

Cholera is an infection spread mainly through food and water that can cause sudden watery diarrhoea.

Advice for Travellers

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

If you are travelling to a country where there is an outbreak of cholera, you should be aware how to:

A vaccine is available to protect against cholera. Since the risk to travellers is very low, the vaccine is only usually recommended for volunteers or humanitarian workers travelling to work in disaster relief situations.

See the fitfortravel Cholera page for further information.