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The bacterium Vibrio Cholerae causes cholera and can be found in contaminated drinking water or food. It is an infectious disease, most common in the 1800s because of the poor hygiene and sewage systems. These days, it is not an epidemic, but there are still around 10 cases of cholera each year in the U.S. The symptoms of cholera can start a few hours after ingestion and stay for up to five days, and they can range from mild to quite severe. Take note if you have any of the below symptoms and suspect you have been in contact with a contaminated source.

 

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1. Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a common symptom for various viruses and stomach bugs, or your body's reaction to bad food, but in the case of cholera-related diarrhea, it results in a dangerous loss of fluids. The diarrhea is of a watery consistency, had a pale milky appearance and will come on very suddenly. You can lose up to a liter of fluid an hour when you are dealing with cholera diarrhea. This kind of diarrhea is dangerous to the body as you are losing excessive fluids at a rapid rate. It can lead to all sorts of complications and needs to be treated immediately.

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