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The Global Dimensions of Cholera

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Global Change and Human Health


Cholera remains among the most feared infectious diseases. The first six pandemics of cholera, beginning in 1817, were major public health emergencies, inflicting high morbidity and mortality across the world. Today we continue to battle with the seventh pandemic that began in 1961 and shows no sign of abating. Of particular concern is the spatially and temporally different epidemiological pattern of Vibrio cholerae OI biotype El Tor cholera. Accompanying these worrying signs is the emergence and spread of V. cholerae OI39 Bengal in parts of Asia since the early 1990s. Cholera is behaving differently and is serving as a barometer of the unhealthy global changes around us.

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Lee, K. The Global Dimensions of Cholera. Global Change & Human Health 2, 6–17 (2001).

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