Cholera may be rare in the US, but cases of the disease have increased worldwide since 2005, particularly in Africa, southeast Asia, and Haiti. An estimated 3 to 5 million people are infected, and more than 100,000 die from the disease globally each year, mostly from dehydration.

Caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria, about 10% of people infected will experience severe vomiting and diarrhea. Some of those people die within hours. Infection is usually spread through consumption of food or water contaminated with cholera-containing feces.

V. cholerae is a serious health threat in countries… more

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