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Alert: Outbreak of Cholera in Mexico

CDC is monitoring reports of confirmed cholera in several areas of central Mexico beginning in August 2013. The Mexico Ministry of Health is investigating the outbreak. Learn how travelers can protect themselves

Cholera, caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, is rare in the United States and other industrialized nations. However, globally, cholera cases have increased steadily since 2005 and the disease still occurs in many places including Africa, Southeast Asia, and Haiti. CDC responds to cholera outbreaks across the world using its Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) expertise.

Cholera can be life-threatening but it is easily prevented and treated. Travelers, public health and medical professionals and outbreak responders should be aware of areas with high rates of cholera, know how the disease spreads, and what to do to prevent it.



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Sources of Infection & Risk Factors

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Diagnosis & Detection

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Prevention & Control

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How to stay healthy and prevent infection…

 
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