Samantha B.

What Is It?:

Cholera is an infection of the intestines caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated by the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae, and can lead to death within a day, if left untreated.


  • 80% of people infected with cholera have mild or moderate symptoms, or hardly any at all.
  • The other 20% of people develop heavy symptoms, such as, severe diarrhea, dehydration, and vomiting.

Cholera During the Industrial Revolution:

  • In London in 1831-32 was the first outbreak of Cholera. It killed 7,000 people.
  • In the 1848-49 outbreak 15,000 people died.
  • The disease mainly affected those in the city's poorer areas, but the rich didn't escape it either.

Causes During This Time:

  • Lack of hygiene
  • Drinking dirty/contaminated water from water pumps.
  • Little knowledge of sanitary care
  • Being close to one another while working in unclean factories or work spaces
  • No knowledge of what caused diseases or how to treat/cure them.


  • Cholera is an easily treatable disease.
  • 80% of people who get it can be successfully treated through oral rehydration salts and/or antibiotics.
  • Provision of safe water and sanitation is critical to control cholera and other water-born diseases