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Which countries are affected by cholera?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

Cholera is not usually found in Australia, but the bacteria have been found in some rivers along the eastern coast as well as, on rare occasions, in river mouths. 

Cholera is commonly found in developing countries with poor sanitation, poor water treatment and lower levels of personal hygiene. Regions where cholera is most commonly found include parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Intermittently it has also been reported in the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. 


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Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Cholera. Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).

2. World Health Organization. Cholera. Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).

5. Healthy WA. Cholera. Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).

6. World Health Organization. Cholera Frequently asked questions and information for travellers. Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).

MAT-AU-2102457   Date of preparation December 2021