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Anyone who travels worldwide should know some basic facts about cholera (an acute diarrheal illness). This eMedTV segment presents cholera facts, including information about the cause, transmission, treatment, and prevention of cholera.
As this eMedTV page explains, cholera is caused by two types of bacteria. This article takes an in-depth look at how these bacteria are usually transmitted through contaminated feces or by eating undercooked shellfish.
Vibrio cholerae is the bacterium that causes cholera. As this eMedTV article explains, the bacterium is usually transmitted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The prevalence of cholera worldwide is also discussed.
How is cholera spread? As this eMedTV page explains, cholera transmission occurs through food or water that is contaminated with Vibrio cholerae bacteria. This page also explains how cholera is unlikely to be spread through person-to-person contact.
As this section of the eMedTV site explains, signs and symptoms of cholera can include vomiting, diarrhea, and increased heart rate. This article talks about these and other symptoms, with details on the potential complications of cholera.
As this eMedTV article explains, diagnosing cholera involves taking the patient's medical history, performing a physical exam, and taking a stool sample. This Web page takes a closer look at how the condition is diagnosed.
The main cholera treatments are antibiotics and oral or intravenous fluid replacement. As this part of the eMedTV archives explains, the mortality rate is reduced to less than one percent when timely and adequate treatment is given.
With early and adequate treatment, a cure for cholera is possible in greater than 99 percent of cases. This eMedTV page explains that the cure for cholera typically includes antibiotics and oral or intravenous fluid replacement.
Prevention of cholera involves avoiding contaminated food and water. This part of the eMedTV library gives specific instructions on how to reduce your risk of cholera, especially if you are in a location where cholera is common.
As this eMedTV article explains, there is no vaccine for cholera available in the United States, but there are two vaccines that are used in other countries. This page explains why the vaccine is generally not recommended for travelers.
Poverty, poor sanitation, and large populations can lead to an epidemic of cholera. This eMedTV page discusses where epidemics are taking place, why they are difficult to overcome, and what needs to be improved before they can be stopped.
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