Information for Travelers

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As an international traveler, it is important to be aware of how you can get cholera, what you can do to avoid getting it, and what to do if you develop a diarrheal illness. The most important way to prevent cholera is to practice safe food and water precautions and frequent hand washing.

CDC recommends that adults traveling to areas with active cholera transmission get vaccinated with a newly licensed cholera vaccine (Vaxchora, PaxVax Corporation). Vaxchora prevents severe diarrhea caused by the most common type of cholera bacteria. Check CDC’s Clinical Update Cholera Vaccine for Travelers webpage to identify areas with active cholera transmission. Talk to your doctor about vaccination if you know you will be traveling to one of these areas.

Learn more about cholera and travelers’ health.