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Is it bad luck or bad genes that made me develop cholera?

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Dr. Eduardo Haddad
Nephrology and Dialysis 46 years experience
Neither: You must have travelled to an area wihere this infectious disease is prevalent. You are a victim of lack of basic sanitation and water treatment facilities, liklely in a poor country with a large population. There is no genetic predisposition and any one can be infected.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Neither: Cholera is a bacteria (vibrio cholerae) which lives in the gut and is transmitted to humans by consumption of water or food which is contaminated with fecal matter (stool). Genes or luck have nothing to do with it.

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