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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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What is cholera?

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

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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When was cholera?

Cholera: There have been numerous Cholera outbreaks at various parts of the globe over -time. Are you referring to a specific cholera outbreak? ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How do you get cholera?

How do you get cholera?

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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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Do we have cholera in the u.S.?

Do we have cholera in the u.S.?

CHOLERA IN US: No there has not been any reported cases of cholera in us for few years. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What is the symptoms of cholera?

What is the symptoms of cholera?

Watery diarrhea: Cholera causes variable amount of watery (rice water) diarrhea which can be severe enough to cause rapid dehydration. Vomiting can occur but fever is not prominent. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is it possible to have cholera in us?

Yes and no: Epidemic cholera would not likely occur in the usa or other developed nations because of the presence of adequate sewage systems and the availability of clean, safe water to drink ....But the non-epidemic strains pop up every so often usually linked to uncooked shellfish from the gulf of mexico. I took care of one last year. There are imported cases once in a while, some from the haiti outbreak. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield Dr. Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
49 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What are some of the tests for Cholera?

What are some of the tests for Cholera?

A/W Dr. Rutledge: To determine causative agent a stool test is best. There is also a rapid dipstick test . ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What is the cause of cholera in south asia?

What is the cause of cholera in south asia?

Same as always: The organism...Vibrio cholera, usually serotype o1, spread thru contaminated water. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What are the causes of cholera in modern age?

Same as always: The organism...Vibrio cholera, usually serotype o1, spread thru contaminated water. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is cholera? What does it do to the body?

Cholera: Cholera is an intestinal bacterial infection by Vibrio cholerae. Contaminated water. Is often the source of infection. It can lead to severe watery diarrhea,dehydration & potentially to death. ...Read more

Dr. Eric L. Weiss Dr. Weiss
Travel Medicine
33 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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What are the safest home remedies for cholera?

Rehydration: Most healthy people don't get into trouble from cholera - in fact most healthy people, due to their healthy stomach acidity, don't even get cholera. If you are unlucky enough to get it, the principle symptom is profuse, water, diarrhea, so rehydration is key. Using a "rehydration solution" (combination of (safe) water, sugar, salt, and pinch of baking soda) can be life saving! ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano Dr. Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
35 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Are some people more prone to getting cholera?

Are some people more prone to getting cholera?

Risk of cholera: The major vehicle for spreading cholera is contaminated water and food. Infection by person-to-person contact is uncommon. People with low gastric acidity, associated with malnutrition, are more easily infected than those with normal acidity. Cholera is endemic to, and often epidemic in, the indian subcontinent, asia, south america. Also, watch out for asymptomatic cholera carriers. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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What are the symptoms for cholera in americans?

What are the symptoms for cholera in americans?

Same as in anyone: Acute watery (rice water) diarrhea, sometimes with vomitnr, not much fever. ...Read more

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Dr. You Sung Sang Dr. Sang
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
27 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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