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How can cholera spread?

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Dr. Lori Wagner answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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.

Answered Dec 14, 2014



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Dr. Larry Lutwick answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

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.

Answered Oct 22, 2012


Dr. Richard Bensinger answered

Specializes in Ophthalmology

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.

Answered Oct 28, 2013


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

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.

Answered Jun 18, 2017



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