Via TN Global Travel Industry News: Nepal urges foreigners to take precautions against cholera. Excerpt:
The cholera outbreak that has claimed 13 lives in the remote west of the country prompted Nepal to issue a warning for foreign travelers.
AFP reports that visitors were urged by GD Thakur, director of the Himalayan nation's epidemiology and disease control department, to drink boiled or mineral water and "pay attention to their personal care and hygiene".
"There have been 13 deaths in two months in Doti district in western Nepal but now the situation is under control," Thakur said.
"For the last 15 years there have always been a few cases of cholera in Nepal in the rainy season. Since mid-April we have detected 15 cholera cases in Kathmandu but there have been no deaths."
Nepal is nearing the height of its monsoon season, when diarrhoea-related illnesses normally spike because of contaminated water sources.
And indeed, it was just about this time of year in 2010 when Kathmandu was dealing with a similar cholera outbreak—just before Nepali peacekeepers shipped out to Haiti.