This question is in
past tense - so I think you are asking about the oldern days.
There is an excellent article entitled "The 1832 Cholera
Epidemic in New York State. 19th Century Responses to Cholerae Vibrio". Evidently, people responded with quarantines & "exodus of inhabitants". "treatment of the first stage (Premonitory) of cholera consisted of confining the victim to bed and the taking of some warmed mild >