Cholera is an infection that occurs in the small intestine. It is caused by a bacteria called vibrio cholerae. The cholera bacteria is made pathogenic by one of its parasites, the CTX virus which produces a toxin causing the symptoms of Cholera. Symptoms include watery diarrhoea, which can eventually lead to dehydration and can even lead to death if left untreated.
It usually occurs in countries that lack social development and is caused by the ingestion of contaminated food or water. It takes between 12 hours and 5 days for a person to show symptoms after ingesting contaminated food or water.
If you are an adult between the ages of 18 and 64 and are travelling to an area endemic for Cholera, you should consider obtaining the Cholera vaccine. Cholera is found mostly in tropical locations, but it is specifically endemic in:
The Cholera vaccine is not 100% effective, so additional measures should be taken in addition to your vaccines. Additional measures to prevent cholera include:
Cholera symptoms are usually mild and can begin within hours of contracting the infection. About ⅕ of the time, an infected person will have severe watery diarrhoea with vomiting. This can lead to severe dehydration. Dehydration symptoms include:
Anna Pharmacy now provides the Cholera vaccine in Carshalton, Sutton, Hackbridge, Wallington and Croydon.