By: Ben Gerken

Cholera is an infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, it is contracted from contaminated drinking water and can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea.

It is an acute disease that can kill someone within hours if left untreated. To know if you have Cholera watch for severe diarrhea and severe dehydration.

Cholera can be treated very soon by getting administered oral rehydration solution(ORS). There are three WHO qualified vaccines, Dukoral, Shanchol, and Euvichol.

During 2015, 172,454 cases were reported from 42 countries, and 1,304 people died. It is more prevalent in places with poverty, because their drinking water is often contaminated. A few cases have been reported in the U.S because of people eating raw shellfish.

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