Cholera is an infection which leads to severe diarrhoea and dehydration. It can end up becoming fatal if left untreated. The risk of contracting cholera is greater in areas where there is poor water supply systems and sanitary conditions. This is the case in some parts of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Central America and the surrounding island nations in the Caribbean.

Risk areas for Cholera


The common symptoms of Cholera include:

  • Severe diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Unusual sleeping patterns
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Death


You should remain cautious of food that you have not prepared yourself, avoid uncooked or raw fruits and vegetables, seafood, ice and ice creams.

Drink boiled or bottled water and also wash your hands at regular intervals when staying in a high-risk area.

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Content Reviewed By

Ghulam Haydar,
MPharm, IPresc
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