Most persons infected with the cholera bacterium have mild diarrhea or no symptoms at all. Only a small proportion, about 10%, of persons infected with Vibrio cholerae O1 may have illness requiring treatment at a health center. Cholera patients should be evaluated and treated quickly. With proper treatment, even severely ill patients can be saved.
Rehydration therapy, the primary treatment for cholera patients, refers to the prompt restoration of lost fluids and salts.
Antibiotic treatment reduces fluid requirements and duration of illness, and is indicated for severe cases of cholera.
Cholera Treatment Videos
Note: These videos may contain outdated CDC branding and agency names because they were produced in the 1990s. However, the cholera-related information might still be relevant for cholera treatment or dealing with cholera outbreaks. Please consult the current CDC Cholera page for current cholera treatment recommendations.
The videos below discuss cholera and steps to take to prevent and treat the disease.