When should cholera be suspected?

Updated: Feb 03, 2021
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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According to World Health Organization (WHO) standard case definition, a case of cholera is suspected when the following conditions are met:

  • In an area where the disease is not known to be present, a patient aged 5 years or older develops severe dehydration or dies from acute watery diarrhea

  • In an area with a noted cholera epidemic, a patient aged 5 years or older develops acute watery diarrhea, with or without vomiting

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