Event: The Ministry of Health in Comoros has announced a cholera epidemic, noting multiple confirmed cases of the disease. Embassy sources also indicate that there have been confirmed cases of community transmission.
Actions to take:
Follow the five steps for cholera prevention found on the CDC’s website https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/preventionsteps.html, summarized below:
- Be sure you drink and use safe water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and safe water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content.
- Practice good toilet hygiene.
- Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leavel it.
- Thoroughly clean cooking and toilet areas.
The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Comoros enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department’s website at http://travel.state.gov, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Madagascar at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html.
For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate at the coordinates below for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Please note the following contact information:
The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar & Comoros is located at:
Lot 27 A Point Liberty – Andranoro-Antehiroka, Antananarivo, Madagascar
Telephone: +261-20-23-480-00 (available 24 hours)
Fax: +261-20- 23-480-35
Web site is https://km.usembassy.gov/
If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy/Consulate is: +261 34-49-328-54
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