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Can I treat cholera with oral rehydration therapy?

Although cholera is a diarrhea-type infectious disease that can lead to death, the symptoms can be treated with oral rehydration therapy. The fluid that was lost must be replaced quickly and then maintained with continued replacement therapy. Early treatment with antimicrobial therapy is also important. Cholera is not common in the United States, but you may be at risk when traveling to developing countries. Talk to your doctor about precautions you should take when traveling.

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