Cholera is caused by infection with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae. Cholera affects your bowel and causes watery diarrhoea. It is mainly found in areas where sanitary conditions and hygiene are poor.
What is cholera?
Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but sometimes it can be severe. Approximately one in 20 infected persons has severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these persons, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.
How do you get cholera?
You can get cholera by:
Drinking contaminated water
Eating contaminated food
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