The Department of Public Health (DPH) has issued a travel warning to Maldivians traveling to Thailand to be aware that Cholera was spreading swiftly in the country. The warning issued by the DPH advised travelers to Thailand to wash and thoroughly clean all vegetables before consuming them and to boil or chlorinate water before drinking. The DPH also advised travelers to have their meals while it was fresh and hot, to ensure that that fish was properly cooked before eating, and to thoroughly clean and wash your hands after using the toilet or before handling any food stuffs. In case of diarrhea, the DPH also advised travelers to seek medical attention immediately. Cholera is an infectious gastroenteritis caused by a bacterium. Transmission to humans occurs through the process of ingesting contaminated water or food. In its most severe forms, cholera is one of the most rapidly fatal illnesses known, and a healthy person may become hypotensive within an hour of the onset of symptoms; infected patients may die within three hours if treatment is not provided.