home
RSS
October 22nd, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Cholera can be deadly within hours

Cholera is a bacterial illness that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration and can be lethal within hours if a person is not treated.

"This is a bacteria that actually is in the environment. It's in brackish water in the river. It can be in seacoasts and if the environmental conditions are not right, the cholera bacteria can grow up and then anyone who ingests that water or food that comes from that water or food that is prepared with that water can get ill," says Dr. William Schaffner, chair of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In an epidemic, cholera can also be spread from the feces of an infected person.  Children and adults alike are vulnerable.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), three-quarters of people carrying the bacteria have no symptoms. For those who do get sick, the main symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, dehydration and shock. Death can occur if treatment is not immediately administered.
While human remains don’t typically pose a health threat, the WHO notes that bodies of people who have died from cholera do pose a health risk and should be kept away from polluting sources of drinking water.

The WHO estimates  3–5 million people are sickened by cholera each year causing 100,000–120,000 deaths.

The bacteria can spread when human waste enters water systems and people drink the contaminated water or eat food that's been cooked in contaminated water.  While modern sewerage systems have almost completely eliminated cholera in industrialized countries, it can thrive in areas where war, disaster, or extreme poverty forces people to live in crowded and unsanitary conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Cholera is easily treated if people can be rehydrated.  In many cases, giving patients oral rehydration salts can help relieve symtoms.  In more severe cases, IV fluids may and antibiotics are required.   According to the WHO, the fatality rate may be 30-50 percent if left untreated.   Two vaccines are available to prevent cholera, but they are not always readily available in situations where disaster and impoverishment flourish.

Improving sewerage and sanitation conditions is the best way to prevent cholera outbreaks and spread, according to the WHO.  But this is not always practical in times of disaster, where food, hygiene and public health tracking may be compromised.


soundoff (898 Responses)
  1. JebgEncox

    india pharmacy mail order https://pharmacylo.com/ Cialis Soft Tabs

    May 20, 2021 at 12:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 먹튀검증

    You ought to take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the net. I'm going to recommend this site!

    https://lexsrv3.nlm.nih.gov/fdse/search/search.pl?match=0&realm=all&terms=http://www.heatherseats@raovat5s.biz/redirect/?url=http://baccarat8hectorvxbg792.trexgame.net/what-the-heck-is-totosaiteu

    May 20, 2021 at 16:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BbshMile

    virectin vs viagra http://loxviagra.com/ female viagra reviews

    May 20, 2021 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. brimonidine

    buy generic combigan buy combigan online

    May 20, 2021 at 19:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. GtnbCrulk

    women viagra http://jokviagra.com/ – new viagra commercial actress name what is viagra pills

    May 20, 2021 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. 메이저사이트

    I could not refrain from commenting. Well written!

    http://www.iscenf.rnu.tn/site/index.php/fr/component/users//index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=1049593

    May 21, 2021 at 01:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. GtnbCrulk

    how often can you take viagra https://jokviagra.com/ over the counter viagra

    May 21, 2021 at 09:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. 먹튀검증

    Hi! I simply want to offer you a huge thumbs up for your great info you have here on this post. I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

    http://fut.uz/user/closetscreen32/

    May 21, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. jaw crusher wear parts

    Lawrence SLS 14 Manganese Steel is among the toughest steels available

    https://www.gamespot.com/profile/erichsenlebla/about-me/

    May 21, 2021 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. 사설토토

    Hi! I could have sworn Iíve visited this web site before but after looking at some of the articles I realized itís new to me. Anyhow, Iím definitely delighted I discovered it and Iíll be book-marking it and checking back often!

    http://nvl.vbent.org/kvso/redir.php?goto=https://zenwriting.net/gambling5k0gjudn335/advantages-of-playing-casino-gameson-line-casinos-have-been-increasing-by-leaps

    May 21, 2021 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. LebnEncox

    Gyne-Lotrimin pharmacy online store Cialis Soft Tabs

    May 22, 2021 at 01:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. chloroquineorigin

    buy chloroquine uk https://chloroquineorigin.com/ – buy aralen buy chloroquine phosphate uk generic chloroquine phosphate https://chloroquineorigin.com/

    May 22, 2021 at 03:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. BbshMile

    watermelon viagra http://loxviagra.com/ viagra woman

    May 22, 2021 at 06:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. LebnEncox

    Zebeta pharmacy online store ed pills online

    May 22, 2021 at 06:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. 토토사이트

    Good day! I could have sworn Iíve been to this blog before but after going through some of the posts I realized itís new to me. Regardless, Iím certainly delighted I found it and Iíll be bookmarking it and checking back frequently!

    http://www.tellur.com.ua/bitrix/rk.php?goto=http://baccarat2mariozqyx102.trexgame.net/12-steps-to-finding-the-perfect-meogtwigeomjeung

    May 22, 2021 at 10:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. dapoxetine

    dapoxetine 100 mg buy avanafil online

    May 22, 2021 at 11:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. LbsoZisse

    how much is a cialis prescription with no insurance https://ucialisdas.com/ – cialis marke 20mg generic cialis buy

    May 22, 2021 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. 먹튀검증사이트

    Hi there, I believe your site might be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, wonderful website!

    http://bezvoprosa.ru/index.php?qa=user&qa_1=guncheese81

    May 22, 2021 at 22:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. manganese track pad

    Your Online Metal Marketplace In Texas With Lowest Prices, Guaranteed. Thousands of Steel Items Available, Custom or Stock. Call Our Experts, Shop Steel Now

    https://foro20.com/usuarios/yaretziymcgee.90799/about

    May 23, 2021 at 00:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. 먹튀

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the net for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

    https://spamdb.science/wiki/Poker_Games_The_Basics

    May 23, 2021 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. RebfZisse

    price generic cialis https://rcialisgl.com/ cialis cheap

    May 23, 2021 at 06:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. LbsoZisse

    tadafil cialis http://ucialisdas.com/ cialis

    May 23, 2021 at 06:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. AnooEncox

    asal usul viagra http://llviagra.com/ – generic viagra in malaysia using viagra to get high

    May 23, 2021 at 22:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. brimonidine

    brimonidine dosage combigan

    May 24, 2021 at 03:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Soosteemocush

    tadalafil cost walmart https://cttadalafil.com/ – tadalafil brands tadalafil liquid tadalafil brands https://tadalafilol.com/

    May 24, 2021 at 05:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. cyclomune

    cyclosporine eye drops cyclomune eye drop

    May 24, 2021 at 08:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Tritreviewifind

    what is tadalafil https://cttadalafil.com/ – side effects of tadalafil cialis without a prescription cialis without a prescription where to get tadalafil

    May 24, 2021 at 15:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. JebgEncox

    uk pharmacy no prescription Tofranil canada rx pharmacy world

    May 25, 2021 at 06:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. 출장 안마

    I wanted to thank you for this wonderful read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you postÖ

    https://forum.ditcoin.io/index.php?action=profile;area=forumprofile;u=146798

    May 25, 2021 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Tembepteriope

    https://tadalafilol.com/ buy tadalafil https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – tadalafil online with out prescription buy cialis

    May 25, 2021 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Unitmerienepeft

    tadalafil price walmart https://tadalafilww.com/ – tadalafil online generic tadalafil from uk tadalafil goodrx tadalafil blood pressure

    May 25, 2021 at 08:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. ZisseVed

    cialis/generic https://krocialis.com/ – price comparison viagra cialis levitra tadalafil tablets 20 mg

    May 25, 2021 at 12:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. tausAffessy

    generic tadalafil from uk buy cialis pills prescription tadalafil online https://cttadalafil.com/

    May 25, 2021 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. 출장마사지

    Your style is really unique compared to other people I've read stuff from. I appreciate you for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I'll just bookmark this page.

    http://atozsrilanka.com/user/profile/251896

    May 25, 2021 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. brimonidine

    combigan uk brimonidine generic

    May 25, 2021 at 16:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Tritreviewifind

    tadalafil goodrx https://tadalafilww.com/ – tadalafil brands tadalafil tadalafil cost in canada tadalafil liquid

    May 25, 2021 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. avanafil

    avanafil dose avanafil vs cialis

    May 25, 2021 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Zisseloh

    generic cialis site accept mastercard https://rcialisgl.com/ – how do you take cialis shopping cialis

    May 26, 2021 at 03:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Soosteemocush

    tadalafil online with out prescription https://tadacipetadalafil.com/ – cialis without prescription cheap generic cialis for sale tadalafil cost walmart canada generic tadalafil

    May 26, 2021 at 03:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. ZisseVed

    cialis super active vs cialis professional https://krocialis.com/ – when will generic cialis be available online farmacy cialis

    May 26, 2021 at 03:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Tembepteriope

    tadalafil daily online buy cialis pills tadalafil online where to buy tadalafil on line https://tadagatadalafil.com/

    May 26, 2021 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. 출장 안마

    Iím amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog thatís equally educative and entertaining, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this during my search for something concerning this.

    http://uufscc.org/myBB/member.php?action=profile&uid=144999

    May 26, 2021 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. address

    The only point I lament is not having actually found your blog site earlier.

    https://csgrid.org/csg/team_display.php?teamid=996609

    May 26, 2021 at 14:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Soosteemocush

    generic cialis tadalafil https://tadagatadalafil.com/ – generic tadalafil from uk tadalafil without a doctor prescription tadalafil daily online cialis at canadian pharmacy

    May 26, 2021 at 20:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. 출장마사지

    You are so interesting! I don't believe I've read through something like this before. So good to find somebody with a few original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This web site is something that is required on the internet, someone with some originality!

    https://squareblogs.net/massage6lycracocoa8/massage-therapy-what-it-can-do-for-your-health

    May 26, 2021 at 20:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. combigan

    brimonidine generic combigan eye drops generic

    May 26, 2021 at 23:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. 출장마사지

    I want to to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely enjoyed every bit of it. I've got you book-marked to look at new things you postÖ

    http://euroleagues.net/user/crackpath2/

    May 26, 2021 at 23:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. MileSwa

    the effects that viagra and cialis have on women https://ckacialis.com/ – buy cialis online overnight shipping cialis online america

    May 27, 2021 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. CrulkAsd

    order cialis with dapoxtine https://cialisjla.com/ – safest and most reliable pharmacy to buy cialis buy cialis canada paypal

    May 27, 2021 at 05:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Unitmerienepeft

    what is tadalafil https://tadalafilww.com/ – buy generic cialis online with mastercard cialis tadalafil cialis without a prescription tadalafil dosage

    May 27, 2021 at 09:58 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Leave a Reply to Lizette Miears


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.