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 Cholera : What you need to know

Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

Key Symptoms

  • Most infected people do not develop any symptoms.
  • A minority develop acute watery diarrhea with severe dehydration. 
Reporting

  • Should you experience any diarrhea-like symptoms such as a bout of loose watery stools, with or without the presence of fever, please report to the Health Center reception (Ground Floor, Freida Brown Student Center) immediatelyfor emergency assistance.
Treatment

  • Cholera is an easily treatable disease. The majority of people can be treated successfully through prompt administration of oral rehydration solution.
  • Severely dehydrated patients are at risk of shock and require the rapid administration of intravenous fluids.
Prevention

Water and Sanitation:

  • Wash hands with soap and clean water at all times (especially before handling food and after visiting restrooms).
  • Only drink treated water from a clean and covered container.
Food facilities

  • Clean and wash fruits before consumption with clean water.
  • Prepare food in a clean environment with clean water.
  • Eat at places that have evident sanitation features (sink and hand wash/sanitizer)
  • Avoid open-air eating joints