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Is cholera only transmitted through ingestion of dirty water?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
No: You can get it directly from another person through fecal-oral contact. Which may seem unlikely, but if you clean up someone's diarrhea and don't wash your hands, you'll probably get it.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
No: Cholera is spread when feces infected by Vibrio cholerae contaminates water or food. Inadequately cooked seafood can be a cause. It is most often seen in areas with poor sanitation & deficient water treatments. Person to person transmission is rare.

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