Cholera is caused by infection by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria. Cholera is an illness that gives you severe diarrhoea and, as a result, dehydration. It is most likely to be found in parts of the world with poor quality water and sanitation services.
Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
For information about symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's cholera page.
Surveillance and reporting
Cholera is a nationally notifiable disease.
We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
For more on cholera in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence.