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How can cholera spread?

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Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Fecal-oral: Cholera spreads by the fecal-oral route, meaning infected stool contaminates either food or water consumed by another individual. This is why hand-washing after using the restroom is extremely important! In the US, our water supply is very safe and typically not a cause for concern.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Contaminated water: Most people acquire cholera from fecally-contaminated water from an inadequate sewage system or none at all. Haiti, especially after the disastrous earthquake centered in leogane, clearly showed how rapidly cholera can spread without an adequate sewage system.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
contamination: Cholera is a bacteria spread from infected feces via inadequate water treatment to new victims. It cannot occur with modern sewage treatment systems and isolation of known cases but is a disease of societal breakdown and inadequate sanitation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cholera: 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.

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What is cholera?

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Gastrointestinal : Cholera is an bacterial, intestinal infection caused by a bacteria called Vibrio cholerae. It is usually contracted from infected drinking water, or contaminated fish or shellfish, It sometimes has no symptoms, but can also have watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and dehydration. It is treated by rehydration and sometimes antibiotics.Good handwashing and safe food/water can prevent the spread.

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