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What causes cholera?

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Vibrio cholerae, the bacterium that causes cholera, is usually found in food or water contaminated by feces from a person with the infection. When a person consumes the contaminated food or water, the bacteria release a toxin in the intestines that produces severe diarrhea.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Cholera: General Information;"  "Cholera: Disease;" and "Cholera: Prevention and Control."

University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System: "Cholera."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Cholera."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 27, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Cholera: General Information;"  "Cholera: Disease;" and "Cholera: Prevention and Control."

University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System: "Cholera."

MedlinePlus.gov: "Cholera."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 27, 2019

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