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

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Joel Gallant
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Cholera

Cholera is an acute bacterial infection of the small intestine caused by Vibrio cholerae which is spread in fecally contaminated food & water. It's estimated to affect 3 to 5 million people & to cause > 100,000 deaths per year world-wide.
Many people are asymptomatic. 5 to 10% have more severe illness with possible symptoms/ signs of thirst, abdominal pain, watery gray- cloudy diarrhea, nausea,

In brief: Cholera

Cholera is an acute bacterial infection of the small intestine caused by Vibrio cholerae which is spread in fecally contaminated food & water. It's estimated to affect 3 to 5 million people & to cause > 100,000 deaths per year world-wide.
Many people are asymptomatic. 5 to 10% have more severe illness with possible symptoms/ signs of thirst, abdominal pain, watery gray- cloudy diarrhea, nausea,
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
vomiting, leg cramps,rapid heart rate & breathing, lethargy, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, seizures, coma or death. Sx's usually begin within 2 hours to 5 days after exposure. The primary treatment is oral & intravenous hydration. Antibiotics shorten the course of illness. REF: https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/general/index.html . When treated appropriately - the death rate from Cholera is
Dr. Heidi Fowler
less than 1%.
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