Can cholera be treated? 

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eli468 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Cholera can be treated. Only about 5-10% of people infected with cholera may require treatment. Treatment occurs through rehydration therapy, antibiotics, and zinc. Cholera causes people to become very dehydrated, especially depending on the severity of diarrhea that may occur and if they are on an antibiotics. Rehydration therapy will reverse this by "restoring lost fluids and salts" that the body needs in order to maintain homeostasis, or in order to return back to it's normal state. Antibiotic treatment is used for severe cases of cholera and it helps to "reduce fluid requirements and duration of illness." Zinc is typically used for children who display cholera symptoms. 

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thewanderlust878 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 3) Salutatorian

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Cholera is an infectious diseased caused by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated with a bacterium called Virbrio cholerae. Cholera can cause diarrhea, dehydration, and even death if left untreated. It is most common in places that have poor sanitation, famine, war, or overcrowding. 

Cholera can be easily prevented by getting vaccinated. It is highly suggested that you get a vaccination if you are planning to travel to a place that has any of the above problems. 

It can also be treated very easily. Since the worst symptom of cholera is dehydration, the main form of treatment is to drink plenty of fluids to ensure dehydration does not occur or, if contracted already, does not worsen. By keeping hydrated the body can flush out the bacteria and contaminants and become healthy again. However, if Cholera is contracted, it should be dealt with immediately to ensure dehydration does not occur. 

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Cholera is a disease caused by eating a bacteria called Vibrio cholerae. It typically causes diarrhea which can lead to dehydration. It can easily be cured by replenishing yourself with lots of water and sometimes with antibiotics. There is also a vaccine that can help prevent cholera but it is not always effective.  To avoid cholera, always make sure you are drinking clean water and properly cooked/cleaned food. 

If you believe to have contracted cholera, contact your health care physician immediately. 

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