Cholera pp 253-283 | Cite as

Clinical Management of Cholera

  • Dilip Mahalanabis
  • A. M. Molla
  • David A. Sack
Part of the Current Topics in Infectious Disease book series (CTID)


Cholera patients who receive adequate treatment will almost always recover fully and rapidly. For a disease capable of spreading in epidemic fashion and causing case—fatality rates of 50% or more, the development of successful, simple, and inexpensive therapy constitutes one of the most dramatic success stories of modern medical research and its application to a major public-health scourge. Using rapid rehydration, a seriously ill patient in profound shock with no detectable pulse or blood pressure is able to sit, talk, and eat within a few hours and can return to work within two to three days. Furthermore, this life-saving and dramatic treatment can be rendered at a very low cost. A sequence of dehydration-rehydration can be seen in Figure 1.


Oral Rehydration Solution Oral Rehydration Salt Oral Rehydration Therapy Rice Powder Stool Output 
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  • Dilip Mahalanabis
  • A. M. Molla
  • David A. Sack

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