Cholera is an infection that can cause severe diarrhoea. It's not found in the UK, but there's a very small risk of getting it while travelling in some parts of the world.
You can catch cholera from:
The risk of getting it while travelling is very small.
It's mainly found in places without a clean water supply or modern sewage system, such as parts of Africa and Asia.
You can check the risks for the area you're travelling to on the Travel Health Pro website.
Good hygiene can help stop you getting ill while travelling in areas where cholera is found.
There's a vaccine for cholera, but most people don't need it.
It's usually only recommended if either:
The vaccine is given as a drink. For adults, 2 doses (given 1 to 6 weeks apart) can provide protection for up to 2 years.
You need to have had both doses at least a week before travelling.
If you need the cholera vaccine, you may be able to get it for free on the NHS. Ask at your GP surgery.
Tell the doctor if you have been in an area where cholera is found in the last few weeks.
You may need treatment to stop you becoming dangerously dehydrated.