Other cholera epidemics of note: 

1953:       Calcutta, India

1964-67:  South Vietnam

1971:        Bangladesh refugees (this outbreak killed

                       about 6,500 people)

1991:        Peru

1992-93:  Burundi and Zimbabwe

 In the years 2000 and 2001, cases of cholera have been reported in several African countries, Afghanistan, Peru, and Russia. If treated promptly, people can recover from cholera.  Treatment consists of getting adequate replacement of fluids and body salts and a course of antibiotics such as tetracycline. 

A vaccine made of dead cholera bacteria is available for those traveling to countries where cholera is common.  The vaccine is effective for up to six months.

Vibrio cholerae -- the cholera bacterium

Source: Dennis Kunkel Microscopy, Inc., P. O. Box 2008, Kailua, HI 96734
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