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What is the main treatment for cholera?

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Hydration is the main treatment for cholera. Depending on how severe your diarrhea is, treatment will consist of oral or intravenous solutions to replace lost fluids. Antibiotics, which kill the bacteria, are not part of emergency treatment for mild cases, but they can reduce the duration of diarrhea by half and also reduce the excretion of the bacteria, thus helping to prevent the spread of the disease.

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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