Cholera is a horrible disease that no one should have to endure in this modern day and age, but yet, hundreds of thousands are still killed by it on a yearly basis. Here are more facts about the illness that everyone should know.
Number Eight: There are Cholera Vaccines
Thankfully, there are cholera vaccines that help people around the world prevent the disease. Those who are infected still are, but there are still much less than there would be.
Number Seven: Quarantines Aren’t Necessary
Despite the fact that more people have to deal with the disease as each year passes, it still doesn’t require the use of quarantine. It has been determined that the best course of action is in having proper treatment.
Number Six: African Victims
Unfortunately, the majority of those who have the disease are African. People have understood this has being the case due to poor sanitation levels which too often exist on the continent.
Number Five: The Bacteria Causes Cholera’s Major Symptom
One of the most common symptoms that people with cholera have is diarrhea. This is cause by a bacterium known as vibrio cholera, which produces an enterotoxin which has an effect on the lining of the small intestine which ends up in diarrhea.
Number Four: Tchaikovsky Had It
One of the most famous people to have the disease is composer Tchaikovsky. In fact, his last symphony was written as a result of the his experiences with the disease, which took his life just a week after its premiere.
Number Three: You Can Have it Without Getting It
You can have cholerae organisms in your body without contracting the disease. The catch: you have to ingest 100 million of them to get sick from it.
Number Two: Something’s Fishy Here
A good way for people to tell that they indeed have cholera is to look at one’s stool. If there’s a lot of liquid to it, and it has a fishy smell, then you probably have the disease.
Number One: Treatment May Take Weeks
The Dukoral and SanChol vaccines used to treat patients can take weeks to fully cure them. It is important to keep up with other treatments until they are fully healed.