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Doctor insights on: How Does Cholera Disease Spread

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What sort of disease is cholera?

What sort of disease is cholera?

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. ...Read more

Cholera (Definition)

Cholera is 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 and loss of electrolytes. Small children are at the greatest risk of death because they don't have the same reserve as adults. The disease can treated effectively by replacement of the fluids and salts that are lost. Prevention is possible: clean water, food safety, and sanitation are very important. Talk to your doctor if you might be traveling to an area of the world where cholera is still present, such as parts of ...Read more


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What makes cholera such a difficult disease to manage in disaster areas?

No infrastructure : The lack of a public health infrastructure is behind such outbreaks...The absence of safe, clean drinking water spreads the infection...And the absence of available health care to keep patients hydrated (death is from fluid loss)...And no sewage system to keep the pathogen out of the water. ...Read more

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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?

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! ...Read more

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How is cholera spread?

contamination: 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. ...Read more

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How can cholera spread?

Contaminated water: 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. ...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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Does putting ice into whisky prevent the spread of cholera?

No: In fact, in the extremely unlikely event that you happened to be drinking whiskey in a cholera-endemic area, the ice might be made of unpurified water and might cause infection. You won't get cholera from whiskey drunk neat. ...Read more

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What is cholera?

Gastrointestinal : Cholera is an bacterial, intestinal infection caused by a bacteria called Vibrio cholerae. It is usually contracted from infected drinking water, or contaminated fish or shellfish, It sometimes has no symptoms, but can also have watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and dehydration. It is treated by rehydration and sometimes antibiotics.Good handwashing and safe food/water can prevent the spread. ...Read more