Cholera - Vibrio cholerae infection
Cholera, caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, is rare in the United States and other industrialized nations. Cholera can be life-threatening but it is easily prevented and treated. Travelers, public health, medical professionals, and outbreak responders should be aware of areas with high rates of cholera, know how the disease spreads, and what to do to prevent it.
Cholera infection is often mild or without symptoms, but can sometimes be severe and life-threatening.
If you live in or are visiting an area where cholera is occurring or has occurred, follow the five basic prevention steps.
CDC responds to cholera outbreaks across the world using its Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) expertise.
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