Find out how we define and monitor cases of cholera, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About cholera

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.

Disease type:
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

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

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