Cholera is a serious bacterial infection of the small intestine. It takes between 12 hours and 5 days for a person to show symptoms after ingesting contaminated food or water. Cholera affects both children and adults.

As cholera typically causes severe watery diarrhea, it can lead to dehydration and even death if left untreated.
  • Symptoms
  • Dehydration



    • Fishy smell

    • Large quantity

    • Rice-water opaque color


    Throwing up


    Abdominal discomfort other than pain

    or Abdominal pain

    • Stabbing

    • Rapidly developing

    • Steady

    • Severe

    • Nonspecific, non-focal

    • Chronic or persistent pain


    • Greater than or equal to 38°C (100.4°F), Less than 38°C (100. 4°F)

  • Risk factors
  • Travel from or to an endemic area of cholera

    or Area of poor sanitation or recent contaminated water or food

  • Treatment
  • Cholera requires immediate treatment via rehydration and intravenous fluids to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. Antibiotics can reduce cholera-related diarrhea and shorten how long it lasts in severely ill people.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Cholera, then visit an infectious disease specialist as soon as possible.

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