Season heightens risk in cholera outbreak

The ongoing wet season is expected to prolong the cholera outbreak affecting districts on the eastern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Spread beyond the currently affected areas of Rumonge and Bujumbura to neighbouring areas under these conditions is also a risk. 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.