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Cholera is an acute diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. An estimated 3-5 million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world, according to the World Health Organization. NIAID conducts and supports research on the genetics of V. cholerae, its evolution, and how it interacts with environmental factors, as well as possible new and improved vaccines and therapeutics.

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Last Updated September 15, 2015