1. Worldwide, how many people die per year from Cholera?
C - On average, about 10,000 people per year die from Cholera.
Cholera is a gastrointestinal disease that is caused by the bacterium
Vibrio cholerae. The bacteria produces a toxin that results in
severe diarrhea and vomiting. In 1999 there were 254,310 cases
of Cholera world wide and 9175 deaths (a 13% decrease from 1998).
In that same year, the United States there were only 6 cases and
0 deaths. This is because we use disinfectants, like chlorine,
to treat the water we drink.
Sources: World Health Organization, Communicable
Disease Survellence and Response website http://www.who.int/inf-fs/en/fact107.html
Weekly Epidemiological Record No. 31, 2000, 75, http://www.who.int/wer7531.pdf
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