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Cholera
A glass of water could give you acute dehydration

Be careful. Vibrio Cholera, the cholera bacteria, may be lurking in your drinking water. Cholera attacks suddenly, bringing on several watery stools and vomiting. Leading to acute rapid dehydration, circulatory collapse and death in untreated cases.

Contaminated water is the chief cause of cholera. Others are unhygienic living conditions and dirty food. Transmission can also occur through the oro-faecal route, i.e. soiled hands and flies. The disease transmits from man to man.

Symptoms ::
Frequent water motions, 6-10 per hour. Water loss could amount to 11-12% of body weight. Mild fever and vomiting. Dry tongue, low urinary output, sunken eyes.

Treatment ::
Rehydrate with viral rehydration tablets in clean water. If too weak, hospitalise for intravenous rehydration. Antimicrobial therapy. Do consult your doctor.


 
 
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