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Doctor insights on: Fowl Cholera

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Is cholera like typhoid?

Is cholera like typhoid?

No: Cholera is caused by vibrio cholerae, and is mainly a secretory diarrhea, or to put it more simply, abundant aqueous diarrhea, which will lead to dehydration if left untreated. Very rarely if at all fever will be present. Typhoid on the other hand, caused by salmonella typhi, is a systemic febrile disease, which can cause sepsis. Classic typhoid fever will rarely present with diarrhea. ...Read more

Cholera (Definition)

A dangerous intestinal infection that is caused by ingestion of food or water that is contaminated with the bacterium vibrio cholerae. Cholera causes so much diarrhea, it has been described as 'rice water stool'. Patients can die from cholera because of the severe dehydration ...Read more


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Is cholera only transmitted through ingestion of dirty water?

Is cholera only transmitted through ingestion of dirty water?

No: You can get it directly from another person through fecal-oral contact. Which may seem unlikely, but if you clean up someone's diarrhea and don't wash your hands, you'll probably get it. ...Read more

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Who discovered cholera bacillus?

Who discovered cholera bacillus?

Philip Pacini: However, his work wasn't well known until Robert Koch shared it with the world. ...Read more

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Why does the cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

Why does the cholera vaccine only contain cholera poison and not the cholera bacteria?

Both!: The recipient of the vaccine develops antibodies to the toxin and the bacteria. The most common vaccine in use today contains killed whole cells and fragments of the toxin. The vaccine acts by inducing antibodies against both the bacterial components and the toxin! ...Read more

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Is cholera fatal?

Is cholera fatal?

If not treated: It's often fatal unless treated with aggressive rehydration. The cause of death is massive and rapid dehydration. ...Read more

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Where do I get cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis and heptatis vaccines?

Where do I get cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, meningitis and heptatis vaccines?

Travel vaccines: These are unusual vaccines that most primary care physicians do not stock (cholera, typhoid, yellow fever). There are physicians who specialize in travel medicine and they can arrange for these vaccines for your trip. ...Read more

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Is salmonella typhimurium dangerous?

Yes and Yes: Like other serotypes of salmonella enterica, salmonella typhimurium can cause serious, potentially life-threatening infection especially in the young, the elderly and the immune suppressed. ...Read more

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Where does salmonella typhimurium hide?

Where does salmonella typhimurium hide?

Salmonella carrier: Typhoid fever, or enteric fever, is caused by a number of salmonella strains. Chronic carrier state is defined as persistence of bacteria in stool or urine for >1 year. Up to 4% of patients with s.Typhi become carriers--highest in women, with biliary or urologic abnormalities (biliary or kidney stones), or concurrent bladder infection with schistosoma. Sometimes gallbladder removal is needed. ...Read more

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In what countries is cholera found?

In what countries is cholera found?

Cholera: According to WHO -more recent outbreaks of cholera have included: South-East Africa (Mozambique & Somalia), Americas (Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti & Mexico), Afghanistan (Badakhshan province), Africa (Angola, Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo & Nigeria. > ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Is rabies-infected meat dangerous for human consumption in foreign countries?

Is rabies-infected meat dangerous for human consumption in foreign countries?

Possibly raw milk: Rabies virus can be found in unpasteurized milk of rabid animals and there are a few anecdotal reports of transmission possibly. There have been several large scale post-exposure prophylaxis incidents involved unpasteurized milk from a rabid cow. ...Read more

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How does cholera spread among humans?

How does cholera spread among humans?

Contaminated water: Cholera bacteria are passed by swallowing them. Almost always it occurs when feces of infected people contaminates drinking water. With normal hygiene in the home and in your community, you are not at risk of cholera. ...Read more

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Can fowl cholera be treated by oral rehydration slts?

Can fowl cholera be treated by oral rehydration slts?

Fowl Cholera: Not being a veterinarian - I am not quite sure. Some strains of Vibrio cholerae cause cholera in human beings. Fowl Cholera does not. "Fowl cholera is a contagious, bacterial disease that affects domestic and wild birds worldwide." REF: http://www.merckvetmanual.com/poultry/fowl-cholera/overview-of-fowl-cholera ...Read more

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How is cholera spread?

How is cholera spread?

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. ...Read more

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Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (plague) transmitted by touch?

Is the yersinia pestis bacteria (plague) transmitted by touch?

Yersinia pestis: Generally not. Person-to-person spread occurs through the respiratory route in patients with plague pneumonia. Most cases are acquired via the bite of infected rodent fleas. ...Read more