Travel Clinic London – Travel Alert, Namibia 21 February 2014

There are reports of a Cholera outbreak in Namibia, Southern Africa. Hundreds of cases have been reported in the north of the country as well as at least seventeen fatalities. There have also been reports from around the capital city Windhoek with at least one fatality.

Cholera in Namibia

Namibia is a popular tourist destination for travellers to Southern Africa. Travellers to this region should consider vaccination to protect against this potentially life threatening disease. Vaccination for cholera is given orally in a course of two for adults and children over the age of six. A course of three is given for children between two and six.

What is Cholera

Cholera is spread by coming into contact with bacteria that is found in contaminated food and water causing diarrhoea and vomiting which can lead to severe dehydration; which in some cases can be fatal. For further information and up-to-date information about this and other outbreak information, please get in touch with one of our Travel Clinics in London.