If everybody contemplates the infinite instead of fixing the drains, many of us will die of cholera - John Rich


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Cholera and the super-loo

CHOLERA most forcibly teaches us our mutual connection. Nothing shows more powerfully the duty of every man to look after the needs of others.” So said Titus Salt, a Victorian wool baron who worked to put an end to cholera in Yorkshire. It was cholera, as much as the great stink, which led London's masters to build vast sewers, install toilets, and promote hygiene. Cholera struck fear into 19th-century cities, sweeping away the rich along with the poor. America's President James K. Polk died of the disease after a visit to New Orleans. His successor, Zachary Taylor, may also have succumbed.

The liquid diarrhoea and vomit jetted out by a body infected by the bacterium Vib

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 Cholera and the super-loo

Solving the sanitation problem is within reach, and it could avoid many deaths.

Cholera Toolbox

MEDBOX is an innovative online library aimed at improving the quality of healthcare in humanitarian action, worldwide.

Global Alliance Against Cholera

The Global Alliance Against Cholera was established in early 2010 to respond to the increasing incidence of cholera and other water borne diseases in the Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.). It has since been expanded to other Cholera-affected countries. The G.A.A.C. is an Alliance, not an operational agency that relies for its legitimacy on the authority of knowledge of its Advisory Council members.

Stop Cholera

This website is a repository of tools and resources to help ministries and agencies decide when, where, and how to use Oral Cholera Vaccine, or OCV, as part of an integrated cholera control strategy.

The Coalition for Cholera Prevention and Control: Forging Consensus to End Cholera Deaths Globally

In 2012, with funding and support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Task Force convened key cholera stakeholders and launched the Coalition for Cholera Prevention and Control (CCPC or the Coalition) to stop cholera transmission and end cholera deaths globally.


Cholera can be life-threatening but it is easily prevented and treated. Travelers, public health and medical professionals and outbreak responders should be aware of areas with high rates of cholera, know how the disease spreads, and what to do to prevent it.

Doctors Without Borders

Cholera often breaks out when there is overcrowding and inadequate access to clean water, trash collection and proper toilets. It causes profuse diarrhea and vomiting which can lead to death by intense dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.


Cholera has remained endemic in some Asian countries for centuries, has become endemic in an increasing number of African countries with epidemics throughout the years, and has recently returned to the Americas with on-going transmission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.


Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. It has a short incubation period, from less than one day to five days, and produces an enterotoxin that causes a copious, painless, watery diarrhoea that can quickly lead to severe dehydration and death if treatment is not promptly given. Vomiting also occurs in most patients.

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