Cholera is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae; such an infection can have detrimental impacts on the small intestine. The affected small intestine will cause a variety of symptoms such as leg cramps, vomiting, and extreme watery diarrhea. The latter of these symptoms is the most devastating to the body. Diarrhea can cause severe dehydration and hypovolemic shock which can lead to death within hours after symptom onset.
Outbreaks of Cholera plagued New York City beginning in 1832 and continued sporadically until 1866. Despite advances in technology and knowledge in regards to the disease, outbreaks are still happening around the world today. Yearly, approximately 120,000 lives are taken by cholera and roughly 4 million new patients are diagnosed. Due to the significant amount of lives impacted by Cholera annually, health organizations should unite to eradicate the disease permanently. To succeed, the public should be educated on the causes and procedures regarding the disease. Professionals must also analyze the history behind the outbreaks and monitor current outbreaks as examples of modern case studies.
The information on this website was produced by John Bills as part of a senior capstone project at Michigan State University. The aim of the project is to educate the public on the bacterial infection cholera and how it still impacts so many today. Primary and secondary sources, which can be found on the website, were analyzed in order to gain a larger perspective regarding the disease.