How is cholera spread?
Spreading cholera between person-to-person is unlikely, however, cholera is a disease often found in areas with poor sanitation, poor water treatment, and low levels of personal hygiene (mostly in developing countries).
Cholera is spread by:
- drinking contaminated water
- eating food contaminated by dirty water, soiled hands or flies
- eating fish or shellfish from contaminated waters.
Sources & Citations
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.1 Cholera. Available at http://immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-1 (accessed 7 April 2018).
- Australian Government, Department of Health, Australia’s notifiable disease status, 2014: Annual report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (main page). Available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-cdi4001e.html (accessed 7 April 2018).
- Centers for Disease Control, Cholera – General Information FAQs. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/general/index.html (accessed 7 April 2018).
- World Health Organisation, Media Centre – Cholera Factsheet. Available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs107/en/ (accessed 7 April 2018).
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