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What is cholera?

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Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.

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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