An outbreak of nosocomial cholera in a rural Bangladesh hospital.


At a time of year when Vibrio cholerae infection accounted for over 50% of admissions to a rural Bangladeshi diarrhoea treatment centre, 29% of 48 patients hospitalized with non-cholera diarrhoea developed nosocomial V. cholerae infection. During an investigation of the 8-week outbreak, only the severity of the non-cholera diarrhoea which prompted hospital admission emerged as an important risk factor for nosocomial infection; food, intravenous solutions, oral rehydration fluid, patient attendants and hospital personnel could not be implicated as transmission sources. Patients receiving antibiotics while hospitalized did not develop nosocomial infection. Antecedent non-cholera diarrhoea may represent an important risk factor in some cases of V. cholerae infection occurring in persons who reside in cholera-endemic areas where rates of non-cholera diarrhoea are also high.

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@article{Ryder1986AnOO, title={An outbreak of nosocomial cholera in a rural Bangladesh hospital.}, author={Robert W. Ryder and Arifur Rahman and Aslan R. Alim and Mar{\'i}a Yunis and Bachir Houda}, journal={The Journal of hospital infection}, year={1986}, volume={8 3}, pages={275-82} }