Vibrio cholerae


Vibrio cholerae. Illustration of the bacteria that causes cholera. V. cholerae is a virulent gram-negative bacteria with a curved rod and a single flagellum. Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium. 1 in 20 infected persons will experience profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. In these persons, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.

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