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Doctor insights on: Interesting Facts About Cholera Disease

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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)

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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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?

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of Cholera?

What are the symptoms of Cholera?

That depends: They may be negligible to severe. 5 to 10% have severe illness with symptoms/ signs of abdominal pain, watery diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, leg cramps, lethargy, dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Fever doesn't usually play much of a part in Cholera. It is estimated that there are over 100, 000 deaths worldwide each year due to Cholera. ...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 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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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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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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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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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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What is cholera? What does it do to the body?

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

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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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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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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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What happens when you are diagnosed with cholera?

What happens when you are diagnosed with cholera?

Fluids: The key to cholera treatment is fluid resuscitation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cholera?

What is the definition or description of: cholera?

Diarrhea: Cholera is a bacterial intestinal infection caused by vibrio cholerae. It causes severe painless diarrhea as much as 10-20 liters/day (4 gal). This will quickly lead to dehydration and death if fluid replacement not done. Causes > 100, 000 deaths/yr. Diarrhea described as rice water stool. Spread from feces to mouth. Poor sanitation is risk factor. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors for getting Cholera?

The risk factors for getting Cholera include:: Ingestion of contaminated food or water, Poor nutrition, HIV/AIDS. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cholera I should be looking for?

Dehydration: First, I would question the diagnosis - most healthy travelers do not get cholera due to their healthy stomach acidity defense. However, if you have choleral you can expect profuse, watery diarrhea. Treatment is aggressive hydration! Using an electrolyte / rehydration salt solution can be lifesaving! Ors (oral rehydration salt) packets can be purchased or made with (safe) water, sugar, & salt. ...Read more

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What was worse, black death or cholera in the middle ages?

Cholera: Because it killed more people. Black death, aka the plague, probably killed about 140 million people up to the 20th century; cholera has killed over a billion. ...Read more

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How do I tell kids grandma has cholera? What do they need to know?

How do I tell kids grandma has cholera? What do they need to know?

She has diarrhea: Cholera is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either by contaminated water or food. In the usa there is very little chance to acquire cholera. Where had your friend been. Stay away from their stools, wash your hands and watch what you eat and drink carefully. ...Read more

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If I'm traveling to Uganda, how worried should I be about cholera?

If I'm traveling to Uganda, how worried should I be about cholera?

Cholera Risk: "Cholera vaccine is not generally recommended, though cholera is reported (see "Recent outbreaks" below), because most travelers are at low risk for infection. " vaccines, where available, are recommended only for high-risk individuals, such as relief workers, health professionals, and those traveling to remote areas where cholera epidemics are occurring and there is limited access to medical care ...Read more

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Why the predicted cholera outbreaks never materialise after floods?

They do: They sometimes do. The best example is the recent devastating outbreak in haiti that killed almost 10, 000 people. The thing about cholera is that it has to start with someone who has it. Flooding is not enough. In the case of the haitian outbreak, the source is felt to have been infected un peacekeepers from nepal stationed along the artibonite river. ...Read more

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My sister says she has cholera. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Cholera: The disease cholera (severe diarrhea due to a bacterial toxin) is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated water and food. Sudden large outbreaks are usually caused by a contaminated water supply. Direct person to person contact is rare. Thus your risk of getting this from your sister is extremely low, unless you were directly exposed to the same source from which she got her infection. ...Read more

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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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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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What is the treatment for cholera in tropics?

What is the treatment for cholera in tropics?

Same as anywhere: Rehydration...Rehydration...Rehydration. Antibiotics like Doxycycline can be helpful but the most important discovery in cholera therapy was that oral rehydration works.... ...Read more

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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

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What vaccination is taken for cholera?

Cholera vaccines: " Two oral vaccines have recently been developed: Orochol (Mutacol), licensed in Canada and Australia, and Dukoral, licensed in Canada, Australia, and the European Union. These vaccines, where available, are recommended only for high-risk individuals" See: http://www. Mdtravelhealth. Com/ ...Read more

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What is a cure for cholera?

Hydration, hydration: One of the most important discoveries in cholera research was the recognition that inspite profound watery diarrhea, there was no problem in absorption of fluids so keeping up with oral hydration can be life-saving in the absence of intravenous fluids. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vibrio cholera?

Watery diarrhea: Many people infected with the cholera bacillus have no symptoms but when symptoms occur the disease is manifest by watery (rice water) stools, sometimes with vomiting and little fever. ...Read more

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My friend has cholera. How do I avoid getting it?

My friend has cholera. How do I avoid getting it?

Avoid their stool: Cholera is transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either by contaminated water or food. In the usa there is very little chance to acquire cholera. Where had your friend been. Stay away from their stools, wash your hands and watch what you eat and drink carefully. ...Read more