Illness's of the 1800s: cholera

Causes, symptoms, and treatments of cholera

Causes of Cholera

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacteria called "Vibrio cholerae"

Symptoms of Cholera

People exposed to cholera don't become ill and don't actually know they've been infected. Usually only 1 - 10 people develop the normal signs of cholera. Symptoms of cholera include:

1) Diarrhea - would come on quickly if related to the illness

2) Nausea and vomiting - usually persists for hours at a time

3) Dehydration - it would range from mild to severe dehydration depending on how many body fluids are lost

Treatments of Cholera

Cholera is an easily treated disease. Replacing the loss of body fluids is resulting in nearly always a cure. In severe cases, the administration for fluids is needed to save a victims life. Although cholera could be deadly if not treated, no such reactions are justified. Cholera is still spread through international food trade.