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What sort of disease is cholera?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Bacterial infection: Cholera is caused by a bacterium, vibrio cholerae. Infections results in severe profuse watery diarrhea and may cause death from dehydration. The bacterium is usually transmiited through water or food.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Cholera occurs not only in the "third world" but in developed countries as well.
Feb 12, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cholera: Cholera is an acute bacterial infection of the small intestine caused by Vibrio cholerae which is spread in contaminated food & water. It is estimated to affect 3 to 5 million people & to cause > 100,000 deaths per year world-wide. 5 to 10% have severe illness with symptoms/ signs of abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, leg cramps,lethargy, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. The
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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primary treatment is oral & intravenous hydration. Antibiotics shorten the course of illness. REF: https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/general/index.html
Jun 18, 2017

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