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10 facts on cholera

Promotion of ORS use depicted on the wall of a health care facility, Zambia
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Up to 80% of cases can be successfully treated with oral rehydration salts (ORS)

However, very severely dehydrated patients only require administration of intravenous fluids. Such patients also require appropriate antibiotics to diminish the duration of diarrhoea, reduce the volume of rehydration fluids needed, and shorten the duration of V. cholerae excretion.

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