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Cholera

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Disease Details

Incubation Period:

  • 2 hours - 5 days

Transmission Type(s):

Disease Reservoirs

Disease Agents

About Cholera

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. An estimated 3-5 million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe. Approximately one in 10 (5-10%) infected persons will have severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these people, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.

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Read more about Cholera at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Website