Cholera is a severe infection in the small intestine that is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is contracted by ingesting contaminated water or food. Symptoms include profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. The danger of cholera is rapid dehydration, which can lead to death. The primary treatment is oral rehydration therapy to replace fluids and electrolytes. Cholera is a major cause of death worldwide. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how cholera is contracted, its symptoms, how to treat it, and much more.
A prolonged bout of diarrhea or vomiting can cause the body to lose more fluid than it can take in, resulting in dangerous dehydration.
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