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How is cholera spread?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

Spreading cholera between person-to-person is unlikely, however, cholera is a disease often found in areas with poor sanitation, poor water treatment, and low levels of personal hygiene (mostly in developing countries).

Cholera is spread by:

  • drinking contaminated water
  • eating food contaminated by dirty water, soiled hands or flies
  • eating fish or shellfish from contaminated waters.

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Sources & Citations

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.1 Cholera. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  2. Australian Government, Department of Health, Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2014: Annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (main page). Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Cholera – General Information FAQs. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  4. World Health Organisation, Media Centre – Cholera Factsheet. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0130a - Date of preparation May 2018