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by Badash M
 

Treatment

Fluid Replacement

The first priority in treating cholera is to replace fluids and electrolytes lost through diarrhea . In severe cases, uncorrected dehydration can be fatal. Hydration solutions can be given orally or through an IV.

Antibiotics

Antibiotic medications may help shorten the course of the disease in severe cases. They may also be given to the people you live with to prevent them from becoming ill.
 

RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization
http://www.who.int/en

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

Public Health Agency of Canada
http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca

 

References


Cholera. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/cholera/index.html . Updated July 29, 2013. Accessed August 7, 2013.


Cholera. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated February 15, 2013. Accessed August 7, 2013.


Farmer P, Almazor CP, et al. Meeting cholera's challenge to Haiti and the world: a joint statement on cholera prevention and care. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2011;5(5):e1145.


Harris JB, Khan AI, et al. Blood group, immunity, and risk of infection with vibrio cholerae in an area of endemity. Infection and Immunity. 2005;73:7422-7427.


Ryan ET. The cholera pandemic, still with us after half a century: time to rethink. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2011;5(1):e1003.


Sack DA, Sack RB, et al. Cholera. Lancet. 2004;363:223-233.


World Health Organization, Cholera: 2010. 2011 Weekly Epidemiological Record. Jul 29;86(31):325-39. Available at http://www.who.int/wer/2011/wer8631.pdf . Accessed August 7, 2013.

 

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