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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
Infectious Disease 37 years experience
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!
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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vomiting, leg cramps,rapid heart rate & breathing, lethargy, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, seizures, coma or death. Sx's usually begin within 2 hours to 5 days after exposure. The primary treatment is oral & intravenous hydration. Antibiotics shorten the course of illness. REF: https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/general/index.html . When treated appropriately - the death rate from Cholera is
Jun 18, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
less than 1%.
Jun 18, 2017

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