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What is cholera?
Cholera is a contagious diarrhea, which is highly dangerous. It is a disease of digestive tract caused by a tiny bacterium.

What are the symptoms of cholera?
Diarrhea that happens abruptly, which may cause the patient to faint. Muscles may become tensed and stiff. The skin may become dry, and the patient may feel thirsty all the time, with dry tongue, and the eyes would become hollow, with continual vomit, and followed by shock such as low blood pressure, slow and weak hearbeats, the skin may feel icy and pendulous. The patient may not urinate because of a lack of water.

What would you do if such symptoms appear?
Visit a clinic to get medical treatment. Before going to the clinic, take as much water as you can to prevent dehydration.

What would happen if a patient could not get treatment on time?
Death may happen in a matter of a few hours. This is because too much body fluid has been lost due to continual diarrhea and vomits.

Where could we find the cholera bacteria?
The cholera bacteria occur in the faeces and the vomi of a patient and also in the faeces of a carrier.

How do the cholera bacteria spread?
Through drinks and food contaminated by the faeces and vomit of a patient. The cholera bacteria may contaminate the water supply if fully equipped toilets are not used. Cholera bacteria can be carried by flies that frequented the faeces and subsequently visiting the uncovered food. It may also spread via unwashed hands that came into contact with the faeces or vomit of a patient.