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Travelers to Nepal warned against cholera

2012/08/11 16:08:02

Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) Travelers to Nepal should take precautions against cholera, which has caused a number of deaths in the South Asian country this year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Saturday.

A total of 29 people in Nepal have died of cholera after developing symptoms of diarrhea and dehydration, the CDC said.

Most people hospitalized for cholera in Kathmandu, the country's capital, contracted the infectious disease after drinking unboiled water, the CDC said.

Western parts of the country have also reported cases of infections, the CDC said.

The CDC warned travelers to the country against buying food from roadside vendors, and advised people to only eat cooked food, drink bottled water and wash their hands frequently.

(By Chen Ching-fang and Scully Hsiao)