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

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

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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How do you get cholera?

How do you get cholera?

It is spread bywater: and food that is contaminted by human feces. It is also spread by undercooked seafood. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cholera in modern age?

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 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 many people get infected with cholera each year in america?

Few: There is the occasional case of the non-epidemic serotypes of cholera acquired usually from uncooked shellfish from the gulf of mexico. These are actually not counted as cholera. In the last few years, with the tragic outbreak of cholera affecting haiti and dr, some cases have come to the usa in travelers. There has been, additional, a smaller outbreak of cholera in cuba this year. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is cholera, how is it treated and can you get over it?

Severe diarrhea: Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria vibrio cholera, transmitted by drinking contaminated water. It causes severe watery diarrhea that leads to rapid dehydration, shock and death if not aggressively treated. The most important treatment is intravenous or oral rehydration. This is a disease that occurs in epidemics. There's no cholera in kennebunk, maine, i can promise! ...Read more

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Where can I get my cholera vaccines?

Where can I get my cholera vaccines?

Cholera vaccine: Cholera vaccine is not routinely given in usa and is not stocked in most clinics and physicians office.If you are travelling to an endemic area where cholera is prevalent the vaccine has to be specialy ordered.Talk to your doctor or contact cdc. ...Read more

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Will cholera kill me if I don't get treatment?

Can do: Very serious illness. Needs IV fluid replacement therapy plus antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine you can get to prevent cholera?

Is there a vaccine you can get to prevent cholera?

Oral cholera vaccine: Yes, vaccines to offer protection from Cholera do exist, but are not likely to be readily available in a general practitioner's office. Here is more information : http://www.who.int/topics/cholera/vaccines/en/ ...Read more