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Cholera Vaccine Helps Prevent Serious Illness

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – An vaccine in a pill protects children and adults against severe cholera, a new study shows. Cholera is an infectious disease spread through contaminated water and food. It is typically found in hot, tropical climates, the researchers explained. The results of the first real-life trial of the vaccine support its use in routine mass vaccination programs to help control cholera in more than 50 countries. In countries where the infection is common, more than 1 billion people are at risk of contracting the infectious disease, the researchers noted. Each year, there are about 2.8 million cholera cases and 91,000 deaths in regions where the disease is common, they added. The study included nearly 270,000 people living in a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the researchers said. All were over the age of 1. They were at high risk of cholera due to overcrowding and poor ... Read more

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Haiti Cholera Epidemic Could Sicken 779,000 This Year

Posted 16 Mar 2011 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 15 – The cholera epidemic in Haiti this year will be far worse than the 400,000 cases predicted by the United Nations, new study findings indicate. There could be nearly twice as many cases of the potentially deadly diarrheal disease – an estimated 779,000 – between March and November of this year, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School. The discrepancy is important because U.N. projections determine the allocation of resources to fight the disease, said the authors of the study, published March 16 in The Lancet. "The epidemic is not likely to be short-term," Dr. Sanjay Basu, a UCSF medical resident, said in a university news release. "It is going to be larger than predicted in terms of sheer numbers and will last far longer than the initial projections." The cholera epidemic erupted in Haiti after last year's ... Read more

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