Cholera by William Coleman, Ph. D.

By William Coleman, Ph. D.

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The dramatic increase in deaths from cholera in 2006 indicates that the 10 disease remains a global threat. 5 Signs and Symptoms of Cholera John had rushed to make his flight to London from the Lima, Peru, airport. He started feeling ill during the long flight. He visited the London airport’s doctor and told her of his symptoms: he had been experiencing diarrhea for the past 18 to 24 hours, was very tired, nauseous, dehydrated, and had no fever; his blood pressure dropped a bit when he stood. The airport doctor asked John what he had been doing in Peru.

Temperate phages can integrate their genetic material into a bacterial host. When this integration occurs, the host bacterium has obtained new DNA from the infecting virus that can be passed down during multiplication. This process is called lysogeny, and the temperate phage is said to be lysogenic. Virulent phages do not integrate their genetic material into the host bacteria they attack. Usually, virulent phages kill their host cells by causing them to lyse, or burst. This is called a lytic infection.

The watery stools often contain white flecks of sloughed off tissue and white blood cells, and are referred to as “rice water stools” because of this appearance. This loss of fluid leads to an intense Signs and Symptoms of Cholera thirst, which begins once the amount of lost fluid equals 2 to 3 percent of the patient’s body weight. Severe dehydration can be prevented with rehydration therapy. The first sign of dehydration is the loss of skin elasticity. This is due to the loss of fluid from the subcutaneous tissues (tissue right underneath the skin).

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