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What are the symptoms of cholera?

Page last updated 26 June 2018

In most cases), people infected with cholera show no signs or symptoms of the disease, but the infected person can still remain infectious to others. Symptoms may appear quickly, in as little as 12 hours after initial exposure to the bacterium, or it appear up to five days later.

Symptoms of severe cholera include:

  • sudden onset of painless, but severe, watery diarrhoea
  • nausea and vomiting (early in the illness)
  • severe dehydration (as a result of rapid fluid loss)

In severe untreated cases, death may occur within hours, but with simple treatment, full recovery can be expected.
 

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Sources & Citations

  1. 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).
  2. Victorian Government, Health, Cholera. Available at https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/public-health/infectious-diseases/disease-information-advice/cholera (accessed 7 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Cholera – Illness and Symptoms. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/illness.html (accessed 7 April 2018).
  4. Centers for Disease Control, Cholera – General Information FAQs. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/cholera/general/index.html (accessed 7 April 2018).
  5. World Health Organisation, Media Centre – Cholera Factsheet. Available at http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs107/en/ (accessed 7 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0130a - Date of preparation May 2018

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