The burden of cholera.

Abstract

Cholera is an acute secretory diarrheal disease that is perceived by World Health Organization (WHO) to be a highly contagious threat. Firstly discovered by an Italian physician, Filippo Pacini, the disease gains a reputation as the most feared epidemic diarrheal disease encountered in developing countries. Despite effort taken by WHO to reduce the incidence rate, cholera-endemic prevail in certain regions. Factors that contribute to the disease transmission and ongoing spreading in cholera-prone areas remain as elusive. Should an awareness and knowledge of cholera be developed, it is the residents of developing nation that stand to benefit the most. This review gives insight into the disease prevalence, pandemic, epidemiology, pathogenesis, disease transmission, major strategies and steps to be pursued toward controlling cholera.

DOI: 10.3109/1040841X.2011.603288

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@article{Murugaiah2011TheBO, title={The burden of cholera.}, author={Chandrika Murugaiah}, journal={Critical reviews in microbiology}, year={2011}, volume={37 4}, pages={337-48} }