Cholera is an infection of the intestines caused by bacteria. Most cases are mild and are similar to other types of travellers’ diarrhoea. Severe cases are rare in travellers.


Diarrhoea - which can be very watery, sometimes with vomiting and fever.

How do you catch cholera?

Cholera is usually spread by drinking contaminated water and commonly occurs following natural disasters or in refugee camps.

Incubation period

2 – 5 days


The risk of catching cholera can be reduced by only drinking safe water and through good personal hygiene. Avoiding raw or undercooked seafood will also reduce the risk.


Drinking plenty of fluids is necessary to prevent dehydration. In serious cases antibiotics may be needed.