Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 1–8

Cholera: Lessons from Haiti and Beyond

Intra-abdominal Infections, Hepatitis, and Gastroenteritis (DA Bobak, Section Editor)


Cholera is an acute, severe diarrheal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae that affects millions of people each year. Without prompt rehydration, death can occur within hours of the onset of symptoms. In October 2010, cholera emerged in Haiti, and the resulting large epidemic continues today. As of August 29, 2011, more than 439,000 cases have been reported in Haiti, with over 6,200 deaths. This review covers important features of epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment and prevention of cholera, with a focus on the ongoing epidemic in Haiti.


Cholera Endemic Epidemic Vibrio cholerae Cholera toxin Oral rehydration solution Herd immunity Case fatality rate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana A. Weil
    • 1
  • Louise C. Ivers
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jason B. Harris
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Division of Global Health EquityBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Global HealthHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Division of Infectious DiseasesMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  5. 5.Department of PediatricsHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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