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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Cholera is one of the most feared of infectious diseases, and with very good reason – cholera can cause such extreme dehydration from diarrhea and vomiting that it can cause a person’s death literally within hours.
Cholera is a swear word in Polish, and the number of people who have succumbed to this awful disease over the centuries probably numbers in the hundreds of millions. Even in the advanced 20th Century, millions of people have died of cholera, most of them in India.
Cholera is not an outdated, happened-long-ago-in-the-past disease, it is alive and well in many parts of the world. Just this last January, Cuba had a cholera outbreak that sickened dozens of people. India is still the epicenter of this disease with thousands of cases being reported every year. Even more alarming than the incidence of the disease itself is the emergence of a cholera super bug that resists conventional antibiotic treatment.
Water is the most common means of transmission of the cholera bacterium and it passes from person to person in fecal matter. Inadequate sources of clean water are responsible for the spread of the disease in parts of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. However, the emergency of cholera in Cuba demonstrates that the disease can surface in even relatively modern societies.
The treatment for cholera is actually quite straightforward – a round of antibiotics combined with fluid replacement. If adequate medical care is available, the cholera actually has a very low death rate. However, regardless of mortality statistics, the best thing to do is to avoid cholera in the first place.
Purifying Drinking Water
by: Chris Tracey