What is it?

Cholera is a bacterial disease usually spread through contaminated water. If Cholera is untreated, it can be fatal within hours, even in previously healthy people. cholera still exists in Africa, Southeast Asia and Haiti.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Cholera due to Vibrio Cholerae

Signs & symptoms

Most people exposed to the cholera bacterium don't become ill and don't know they've been infected. Most cases of cholera that cause symptoms cause mild or moderate diarrhea. Others develop more-serious signs and symptoms such as
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dehydration
- Electrolyte imbalance that can cause Muscle cramps and even Shock.


The first thing to do to diagnose cholera is a good anamnesis and physical examination. Cholera can also be detected by testing a stool sample or a blood culture to identify the bacteria. Rapid cholera dipstick tests enable doctors to quickly confirm a cholera diagnosis


Because Cholera infection can be dehydrating, treatment focuses on replacing fluids and electrolytes. Severe cases may require hospitalization and intravenous fluids. In addition, your doctor may recommend medications such as:
- Zinc supplements
- Antibiotics

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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