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Jul 17, 2013

Key facts: Cholera

Key facts

  • Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that can kill within hours if left untreated.
  • There are an estimated 3–5 million cholera cases and 100 000–120 000 deaths due to cholera every year.
  • Up to 80% of cases can be successfully treated with oral rehydration salts.
  • Effective control measures rely on prevention, preparedness and response.
  • Provision of safe water and sanitation is critical in reducing the impact of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
  • Oral cholera vaccines are considered an additional means to control cholera, but should not replace conventional control measures.
Reference:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs107/en/

Cholera vaccine: A brief summary of March 2010 Position paper

Link: http://www.who.int/immunization/Cholera_PP_Accomp_letter__Mar_10_2010.pdf

 
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