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How do you treat cholera?

Page last updated 26 June 2018

In severe cases, where a large amount of fluid is lost through vomiting and diarrhoea, rapid fluid replacement is immediately required.

Patients can drink an oral rehydration solution (ORS), which is pre-packaged sugar and salts mixed with water, or if required, intravenous fluids (i.e. drips) and electrolytes (salts) may be administered though a needle in a vein. 

Antibiotics may also be used to shorten the duration of symptoms. 

Before administering treatment see your healthcare professional who will assess your situation. 


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Sources & Citations

  1. NSW Government, Department of Health, Cholera Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018)
  2. Victorian Government, Health, Cholera. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Traveller’s Health - Cholera. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  4. Centers for Disease Control, Cholera – General Information FAQs. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).
  5. World Health Organisation, Media Centre – Cholera Factsheet. Available at (accessed 7 April 2018).

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