Frequently Asked Questions about Cholera

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Last Updated on Oct 07, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult if I have symptoms of cholera?

You should visit a general physician.

2. What is the prognosis of cholera?

If treated quickly and properly, the mortality rate is less than 1%. The prognosis of cholera depends on fluid and electrolyte replacement. With adequate fluids, most people will make a full recovery. Severe dehydration can lead to shock and death.

3. How can cholera be prevented?

Cholera can be prevented with appropriate measures like-
  • Safe drinking water and non-contaminated foods.
  • Cleanliness, which is the most effective way to prevent and control outbreaks of cholera.
  • Sanitary disposal of feces.
  • Some protection can be obtained from oral vaccines while traveling to areas where cholera commonly occurs or which have had a recent outbreak.
4. What are the complications of cholera?

If not treated promptly, cholera can lead to severe dehydration, shock and death.

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kelli.7

Grace is mean to me all the time!!!

In Zimbabwe the National Water Authority is failing to supply water to large parts of the urban areas. This has resulted in residences drawing on Boerhole Water and others purchasing from borehole owners. My question is what is the risk of being infected by the Cholera Bacteria especially in schools who use the water to wash with but not to drink?

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