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 (903 Responses)
  1. Victor Solley

    Dead indited content material , thanks for entropy.


    March 7, 2021 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. 사설토토사이트


    March 8, 2021 at 16:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. win 10 price

    There are definitely plenty of particulars like that to take into consideration. That may be a great level to carry up. I provide the thoughts above as common inspiration but clearly there are questions just like the one you deliver up the place an important factor will likely be working in sincere good faith. I don?t know if greatest practices have emerged around issues like that, however I am positive that your job is clearly recognized as a good game. Each boys and girls feel the impression of just a second’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.


    March 8, 2021 at 19:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. 사설토토


    March 9, 2021 at 03:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Modified single wave liners

    Clifton Steel's is a Hadfield Grade Manganese Steel developed to set with impact. Just The Best Manganese Wear Plate


    March 9, 2021 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Visit Website

    Have you ever considered creating an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog centered on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would value your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an email.


    March 9, 2021 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Ahrefs Domain Rating

    Wow! This blog looks just like my old one! It's on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Superb choice of colors!


    March 10, 2021 at 21:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. articlescad.com

    That is a really good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing
    this one. A must read post!

    March 11, 2021 at 06:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. carbon steel pipe fittings price

    Welded Carbon Pipe A53 Grade A, API5L Grade B, API5L Grade B/ X42/ X52/ X60/ X65,PSL-1, PSL-2 Sizes 1/2 -48 Sch. 10, STD as well as XH  Single Random as well as Double Random Lengths Seamless Carbon


    March 11, 2021 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. 카지노사이트



    March 11, 2021 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. round sticker sheet

    Very good website you have here but I was curious about if
    you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed here?
    I'd really love to be a part of community where I can get advice from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest.
    If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Cheers!

    my web-site :: round sticker sheet

    March 11, 2021 at 22:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. http://bonsaiharbor13.xtgem.com/__xt_blog/__xtblog_entry/__xtblog_entry/20126406-great-parenting-tips-that-really-do-work?__xtblog_block_id=1#xt_blog

    Great information. Lucky me I discovered
    your site by chance (stumbleupon). I have book marked it for later!

    March 12, 2021 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. welding plug wire size

    TPC Wire Cable provides premium versatile welding cord services engineered to outlive product welding cable televisions in a selection of welding and power applications. Learn more.


    March 12, 2021 at 22:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. https://www.laweekly.com/5-best-cbd-oil-companies-to-buy-from-in-2019/

    Love the way you cover this subject.


    March 13, 2021 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. 안전놀이터

    Excellent blog post. I definitely appreciate this website. Continue the good work!


    March 13, 2021 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. 안전놀이터

    Very good info. Lucky me I came across your site by chance (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!


    March 13, 2021 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. 먹튀검증


    March 15, 2021 at 06:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Basic CBD Oil

    Your manner of addressin this subject is both wonderful and inspiring.


    March 16, 2021 at 05:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. 광주출장마사지

    Your style is unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I'll just book mark this page.


    March 16, 2021 at 08:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. 400 series stainless steel magnetic

    I am truly glad to read this weblog posts which carries
    lots of valuable facts, thanks for providing such data.

    March 16, 2021 at 11:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. https://kidscurtainsebz.bladejournal.com/post/2021/03/18/Using-Childrens-Curtains-to-Decorate-a-Kids-Room

    First off I would like to say terrific blog! I had a quick question which I'd like to ask if you do not
    mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before writing.
    I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting
    my ideas out there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?


    March 18, 2021 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Insurance Lead

    Woah! I'm really digging the template/theme of this website. It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's tough to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and appearance. I must say that you've done a very good job with this. Additionally, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Firefox. Superb Blog!


    March 21, 2021 at 17:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. 안전놀이터추천

    Exactly what a man of capacity! You have the potential to create good issues that you can't discover anyplace. to envy


    March 21, 2021 at 20:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Top Mutual Funds

    Undeniably imagine that which you stated. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the web the easiest factor to keep in mind of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed at the same time as people think about issues that they plainly do not realize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks


    March 22, 2021 at 09:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. 안전놀이터


    March 22, 2021 at 09:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Political News

    When I originally commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!


    March 22, 2021 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. alloy casting foundry

    Various other posts where Manganese steel is gone over: steel: Wear-resistant steels: Manganese steels are typically called Hadfield steels, after their inventor, Robert Hadfield.


    March 22, 2021 at 17:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. 사설토토사이트


    March 22, 2021 at 18:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. 토토사이트

    You're therefore amazing. Oh my Our god. Jesus bless you.


    March 23, 2021 at 01:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Insurance Lead

    I'm really enjoying the design and layout of your website. It's a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Great work!


    March 23, 2021 at 03:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. AbgcEncox

    https://thesiswritingtob.com/ – phd thesis writing thesis binding phd thesis writing service writing thesis paper

    March 23, 2021 at 10:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. KbdnMile

    https://papersonlinebox.com/ – paper writing website buy a philosophy paper help writing my paper write my paper apa style

    March 23, 2021 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. 먹튀사이트

    Can I simply just say what a relief to discover a person that genuinely understands what they're talking about on the web. You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to look at this and understand this side of the story. It's surprising you aren't more popular since you definitely have the gift.


    March 23, 2021 at 12:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. 먹튀사이트

    Wow, the writing is so sexy. How can easily I actually write like a person? I actually want the very same writing skills while you.


    March 23, 2021 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – write thesis thesis formatting help with thesis writing thesis statistics

    March 23, 2021 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Top Mutual Funds

    Hi there, I found your site via Google while searching for a related topic, your website came up, it looks great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.


    March 23, 2021 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Business News

    Thank you for another informative site. Where else could I get that type of information written in such a perfect way? I have a project that I'm just now working on, and I've been on the look out for such info.


    March 24, 2021 at 04:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. gyratory crusher mantle

    There is a big difference in between stainless-steel as well as chrome


    March 24, 2021 at 08:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. 먹튀검증커뮤니티

    I was so fascinated from your blog. Thank a person so much.


    March 24, 2021 at 12:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. API 5CT drill pipe size

    Carbon steel is much more commonly used than any other metal, as well as has actually long been appreciated for its adaptability and inexpensive. Federal Steel stocks a full option of carbon


    March 26, 2021 at 02:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. AbgcEncox

    https://thesiswritingtob.com/ – thesis binding service best thesis writing services thesis phd best thesis writing services

    March 26, 2021 at 04:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. FbshEncox

    https://thesisacloud.com/ – phd no thesis thesis editing services thesis formatting writing my thesis

    March 26, 2021 at 07:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. 먹튀사이트

    That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise infoÖ Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!


    March 26, 2021 at 07:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. 먹튀검증커뮤니티

    I love your blog page. I'm handled. Thank a person.


    March 26, 2021 at 08:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. LmoppEncox

    http://essaywriteris.com/ – automatic essay writer best essay writing company someone to write my essay best essay

    March 26, 2021 at 19:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. CBD Edibles For Sleep

    A lot of bloggers nowadays however very few have articles worth spending time on browsing.


    March 26, 2021 at 23:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. JvqqEncox

    https://dissertationahelp.com/ – help dissertation dissertation abstract dissertation papers dissertation introduction

    March 27, 2021 at 03:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. GrvCrulk

    https://kloviagrli.com/ – generic viagra over the counter https://vigedon.com/ – viagra and blood pressure https://llecialisjaw.com/ – cialis vs.levitra https://jwcialislrt.com/ – how many years can you take cialis? https://jecialisbn.com/ – 20mg cialis

    March 27, 2021 at 20:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. https://www.songmanhits.com

    I have never seen this view !


    March 27, 2021 at 20:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. welding electrodes and wires

    Trying to find laser welding equipment price? Details regarding Handheld Fiber Laser Welding Machine For Metal, laser welding maker


    March 28, 2021 at 02:23 | 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 출장마사지


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.

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.