When I returned to the country the other day, a Mexico City airport official handed out pamphlets to each arriving passenger on the threat of cholera.
“Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease which is transmitted by the ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio Cholera,” it said in part.
It urged travelers to review “measures of personal hygiene, like washing your hands before and after you got to the bathroom.”
I tucked the bilingual flyer in my bag and just pulled it out a minute ago. I had heard no news about any outbreak of cholera anywhere in the Americas recently so I found the warning unusual.
My flight landed at the same time as an Interjet flight from Havana, where there was a brief and localized outbreak of cholera last year. That’s the only reason I can think of for such a warning. Otherwise, cholera outbreaks are so rare that it seems such a warning might be unwarranted.