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Can you tell me what is cholera, how is it treated and can you get over it?

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Dr. Joel Gallant answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Severe diarrhea: Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria vibrio cholera, transmitted by drinking contaminated water. It causes severe watery diarrhea that leads to rapid dehydration, shock and death if not aggressively treated. The most important treatment is intravenous or oral rehydration. This is a disease that occurs in epidemics. There's no cholera in kennebunk, maine, i can promise!

Answered 6/18/2017

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Cholera: Cholera is an acute bacterial infection of the small intestine caused by Vibrio cholerae which is spread in fecally contaminated food & water. It's estimated to affect 3 to 5 million people & to cause > 100,000 deaths per year world-wide. Many people are asymptomatic. 5 to 10% have more severe illness with possible symptoms/ signs of thirst, abdominal pain, watery gray- cloudy diarrhea, nausea,

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