Nepal struck by cholera outbreak

16 August 2012 09:25

Officials in Nepal have reported a number of cases of cholera in the Himalayan country

Officials in Nepal have reported a number of cases of cholera in the Himalayan country

A few unlucky holidaymakers in Nepal will be looking at the terms of their medical travel insurance after a cholera outbreak struck the south Asian state.

Visitors have been urged to drink boiled or mineral water and "pay attention to their personal care and hygiene" after several cases of cholera - an illness caused by bacteria in water or food - were reported in the remote west of the country.

Nepal is almost at the height of its monsoon season, when contaminated water sources often lead to an increase in diarrhoea-related illnesses.

G. D. Thakur, director of Nepal's epidemiology and disease control department, commented: "For the last 15 years there have always been a few cases of cholera in Nepal in the rainy season. Since mid-April we have detected 15 cholera cases in Kathmandu.

"Foreign visitors who plan to come to Nepal should not worry because the situation is completely under control. We request them to pay attention to their personal care and hygiene."

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