Cholera has plagued the world for centuries, the disease is responsible for the death of millions and one of the world’s longest pandemics. But what exactly does cholera to the body and how can we prevent it?
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Cholera was first discovered in the Ganges delta in India and is caused by the bacteria vibrio cholerae. The disease has been around since ancient times with multiple pandemics starting in 1817.
There are more than 200 strains of V. cholerae, but only two are known to cause Cholera: O1 which is responsible for most of the recent outbreaks, and O139 which is linked to more isolated cases.
So how exactly does the bacteria spread?
We sit down with Dr. Anita Zaidi to find out more about cholera’s past, present, and future and what we can learn from the seven cholera pandemics that have occurred in the last 200 years. Watch to find out more!
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"Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated."
"Cholera, an acute infection of the small intestine caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae and characterized by extreme diarrhea with rapid and severe depletion of body fluids and salts."
"Cholera is a bacterial disease usually spread through contaminated water. Cholera causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. Left untreated, cholera can be fatal within hours, even in previously healthy people."