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Cholera is a serious public health problem worldwide
Infections are acquired primarily by ingesting water or food contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholera; person-to-person transmission is not likely.
Copious, painless, and watery diarrhea
A minority develop severe dehydrationthat may lead to death if left untreated
Precautions against cholera include good hygiene measures, frequent hand washing, safe eating and drinking habits, and vaccinations. Safety measures should be considered depending on the destination, type of travel and patient profile.
Dukoral is an oral vaccine for the prevention of cholera and ETEC E. coli which are two of the pathogens responsible for traveller’s diarrhea. Dukoral vaccine is taken orally as a series of two doses at least one week apart for adults and children 6 years and older. For children between 2 to 6 years of age, Dukoral is taken as a series of three doses one week apart. The last dose of Dukoral vaccine should be taken at least one week prior to travelling