An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It is an acute diarrheal illness that can lead to severe dehydration and death if left untreated.
Cholera is transmitted through contaminated water or food, or through direct contact with faecal matter.
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If the primary course is completed, adults and children (6 years plus)should expect 2 years of protection and children 2 to under 6 years of age should be protected for 6 months
- Adults and children 6 years plus: 2 doses at least 1 week apart but no longer than 6 weeks
- Children 2 to under 6 years: 3 doses at least 1 week apart but no longer than 6 weeks
Cholera vaccines are also available, and may be recommended for people traveling to areas with high rates of cholera or for those at high risk of exposure to the disease.
Symptoms of cholera include watery diarrhoea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and dehydration. These symptoms can develop as quickly as a few hours after infection. In severe cases, cholera can cause low blood pressure, shock, and death within hours.
Cholera can be treated with oral rehydration therapy, which helps to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. In more severe cases, intravenous fluids may be necessary. Antibiotics can also be used to shorten the duration of the illness and reduce the risk of complications.
Prevention of cholera is important to reduce the spread of the disease. This can be achieved through the improvement of water and sanitation systems, as well as the promotion of good hygiene practices such as washing hands with soap and clean water. Cholera vaccines are also available, and may be recommended for people traveling to areas with high rates of cholera or for those at high risk of exposure to the disease.
If you think you may have cholera, or if you have recently travelled to an area with a high risk of cholera and are experiencing symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Early treatment can help to prevent complications and reduce the risk of death.
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