Travelling to Cuba? Have you been informed about Cholera?

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The Pan American Health Organization  has reported over 20 laboratory confirmed cases of cholera in Cuba since August 2015.   Confirmed cases have been reported in Holguin Province; unofficial reports of cholera cases have also been in Las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba provinces.

What is Cholera?

Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by an infection of the intestine caused by ingestion of contaminated food and water. Symptom onset is hours to 5 days and includes nausea, vomiting and watery diarrhea.  Severe cases of cholera infection can occur but are less than one percent with treatment.  Complications of this infection include severe dehydration and kidney failure.   The most important treatment is rehydration.    Cholera occurs in countries with poor sanitation and/or with crowded populations.

 

For Travellers….

There is a preventative vaccine to help protect against cholera and e-coli called Dukoral.  Travellers are advised to practice strict food and water safety precautions while travelling to risk areas.   It is advised to travel with oral rehydration salts in the event of a severe diarrhea occurrence.

It is always recommended to seek travel health advise prior to trips abroad.   Nova Travel Clinic will discuss all the health concerns for your upcoming trip and will provide recommended immunizations in the same visit.  We carry all the necessary vaccines for travel including Dukoral.  Contact us today to book your appointment 250-370-2366 !

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