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      Category : Health Centers > Infections (Infectious Diseases)


Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Cholera is an infection of the intestines caused by bacteria called Vibrio cholerae. This infection results in large amounts of diarrhea.

What is going on in the body?

A person can develop cholera by eating or drinking food or water that has been contaminated by the cholera germ. Cholera occurs in most parts of the world. In the U.S., most cases are seen either in:

  • travelers from other countries
  • people who have eaten food imported from another country
  • In some southern states in the U.S., cholera can be caught by eating raw shellfish. Cholera can cause severe dehydration, which may result in death if the person is not treated.

    What are the causes and risks of the infection?

    Cholera is caused by eating or drinking contaminated food or water that contains Vibrio cholerae bacteria.


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    Cholera: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 02/08/02

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