Today, through the efforts of the medical community and improved urban sanitation, cholera in humans is no longer very common in industrialized nations.
Cholera symptoms and treatment
Health materials distributed by the Centers for Disease Control advise boiling or
treating local water supplies tainted by cholera bacteria.
When they do occur, cholera symptoms usually begin with diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps.
Treatment typically involves replacement of the fluid and minerals lost through diarrhea followed by a course of antibiotics to help speed recovery. Otherwise, cholera can rapidly develop into severe dehydration, shock, and in some cases may be fatal if left untreated.
When natural disasters strike - such as those following Hurricane Katrina and the devastating earthquake in Haiti - isolated outbreaks of cholera can still occur. These are often the result of large populations being cut off from clean water supplies after the local infrastructure is left in ruins.
In all such instances, health officials will usually warn people to boil water or treat it with water purification tablets before using any local water supplies.
Around the Web, learn more about cholera at top sites offering detailed histories of the disease as well modern causes and treatment information ...
More about cholera around the Web:
Snow - He's the epidemiologist who uncovered the way
that cholera is transmitted and solved London's deadly cholera
epidemic of 1854. This site is fascinating... including maps of London
in the mid 1800s, original texts and other information on
the disease and the methods epidemiologists use to track elusive
- Cholera - The World Health Organization presents
information on cholera with reports of outbreaks,
traveler information, what is being done to control it, and
- Cholera - The US Centers for Disease Control and
site contains a wealth of information on cholera including causes, risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and downloadable brochures.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.