The U.S. Embassy in Lusaka informs U.S. citizens that there is an ongoing outbreak of cholera that has affected parts of Zambia and has produced over 2,000 reported cases and over 50 reported deaths. The outbreak has primarily occurred in densely-populated areas of Lusaka including Chipata, Kanyama, Chawama, Bauleni, Matero, Chilenje, and Chelston. However, a few cases have been identified in other parts of the country.
This is a reminder to follow CDC recommendations on healthy hygiene practices, and consumption of safe food and water.
- Wash your hands often with soap and clean water
- Drink only bottled, boiled, or chemically treated water
- Clean fruits and vegetables carefully
- Do not buy fruits and vegetables from roadside or market stalls
- Stay hydrated
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, and Zambia Country Specific Information.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Zambia located on Ibex Hill, at 0211-357-000 and 0966-877-805 or via email at ACSLusaka@state.gov, 0730 to 1730 Monday through Thursday and 0730 to 1130 on Friday. The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +260 (0) 966-877-805.
- Call 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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