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Cholera is a serious infectious disease of the intestine caused by bacteria. It is more common in underdeveloped countries than in industrialized ones. If it isn’t treated very quickly, cholera will cause severe diarrhea, possibly leading to death. Cholera is particularly dangerous in young children.

In 2005, according to the World Health Organization, 131,743 people were sickened with cholera and 2,272 died worldwide, but the disease is greatly under-reported. Most cases are found in Africa and in Asia, with the Indian subcontinent reporting the highest number of cases.

Last Updated February 04, 2011

Last Reviewed January 24, 2011