In the south-west city of Rumonge, flood damage to vital infrastructure and a shortage of drinking water has resulted in at least 45 cases of cholera. The city lies on the shores of Lake Tanganyika on the frontier with the Democratic Republic of Congo where cholera killed more than 800 people last year. Read more
Advice for travellers
Cholera is usually spread in contaminated water. For most short-stay travellers, the risk of infection is low. Australians travelling to regions where a cholera outbreak is occurring should adhere to strict personal hygiene guidelines and choose food and beverages with care. Read more about cholera.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.