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How To Prevent Typhoid And Cholera
Very different: An odd question to be coming from cumberland, md, but here goes: typhoid is a disease caused by salmonella typhi that primarily causes fever and abdominal pain, with less diarrhea than is seen with other types of salmonellosis. Cholera is caused by vibrio cholerae, and causes a severe, watery diarrhea that rapidly leads to dehydration, shock and death if the patient is not aggressively hydrated. ...Read more
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
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
Colplex: Two very different microorganisms with different mechanisms for producing disease. Cholera affects only the mucous lining of the bowel and produces a toxin-mediated watery diarrhea. Salmonella typhi infection begins in the intestinal tract, spreading to the local lymph nodes, to the blood stream, etc. ...Read more
Cholera vaccine: There are two different oral cholera vaccines available. One vaccine dukoral is licensed in multiple countries and has qualifications through the world health organization. You need two doses of the vaccine for protection. Receiving the vaccine does not replace standard precautions in countries where cholera is endemic. The vaccine provides incomplete protection for a short period of time. ...Read more
I kissed a girl who was diagnosed with typhoid 3 days back. Is there a way i can prevent the disease in the incubation period itself by taking meds?
See answer: The fact that u cld kiss a girl who was diagnosed to have typhoid fever 3 days ago suggests that she already is on an antibiotic and therefore not contagious, &improved. Doctor will not give u an antibiotic as a precaution. U may never develop the disease. If u do develop a fever the diagnosis becomes easier and u will be promptly treated. Make sure u include a blood culture in the tests ordered. ...Read more
I kissed a girl who was diagnosed with typhoid 1 day ago and is taking Ciprofloxacin since then. Will I also be infected? Can I prevent the disease?
Typhoid: Typhoid is usually acquired through consumption of water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of one with the disease. Transmission through sexual contact is rare and that is through anal sex. Your chances are low. I can find no recommendation to use antibiotics in a prophylactic manner. Good hand and food hygiene and vaccination are your best protections. ...Read more
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