Risks of cholera

Learn about the risks of cholera and who is most at risk.

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What are the risks of getting cholera?

In general, your risk of getting cholera in Canada is very low.

Travellers to countries reporting cholera outbreaks are also generally at a low risk provided they follow:

If you are travelling to visit friends and relatives, you are more likely to eat local food and be exposed to untreated water. This can put you at a greater risk for food and water-borne diseases, like cholera.

Who is most at risk?

You have a higher risk of getting cholera while travelling to areas where there is:

Most Canadians who develop cholera get the disease during travel to an area that has these kinds of conditions. Cholera outbreaks are most common in tropical and subtropical regions. These include:

Your risks can increase during or following:

This is due to damage to:

You are at the greatest risk of getting cholera if you travel to high-risk countries and:

Those at a higher risk of dehydration (loss of fluids) include:

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