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Is vibrio cholerae cholera a permanent disease to have? does it stay and cause continual in the body for life? does treatment cure vibrio cholerae?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not permanent: Cholera is a diarrheal illness caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. It runs it course over 1-2 weeks, then clears up. The amount of fluid loss through severe diarrhea is what makes it dangerous, but once it clears up, the problem is over. There is no chronic infection and asymptomatic people don't carry V. cholerae. If you are healthy or have recovered from cholera, no worries!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It is not permanent.: It is asymptomatic in most people. When people are properly rehydrated the death rate is less than 1%. Taking antibiotics just causes the illness to clear up quicker. It resolves and then it is gone.

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