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- Age: Children 2-5 years of age are most affected
- Eating contaminated food or fluids
- Eating raw or undercooked shellfish
- Living or traveling in areas where cholera is present
- Having blood group O
- Having a weakened immune system
- Having low levels of stomach acid
- Sudden onset of painless, watery diarrhea without blood or pus
- Muscle cramps
Careful Eating Habits
- South America
- Central America
- Drink only bottled or boiled water
- Eat only well-cooked foods that are served hot
- Avoid all raw or undercooked shellfish
- Avoid salads
- Avoid raw vegetables that you have not peeled yourself
- Carry oral rehydration solution (ORS) and know how to use it if you develop severe diarrhea
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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Cholera. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated February 15, 2013. Accessed August 7, 2013.
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Harris JB, Khan AI, et al. Blood group, immunity, and risk of infection with vibrio cholerae in an area of endemity. Infection and Immunity. 2005;73:7422-7427.
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World Health Organization, Cholera: 2010. 2011 Weekly Epidemiological Record. Jul 29;86(31):325-39. Available at http://www.who.int/wer/2011/wer8631.pdf . Accessed August 7, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013
- Update Date: 05/11/2013