Health Care Provider Information on Cholera (Vibrio cholerae)
Required Disease Reporting
Health care providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases and suspect cases of Vibrio cholerae to the Minnesota Department of Health.
- CDC: Vibrio
Includes information about clinical features, transmission, trends, and more.
- Cholera can be simply and successfully treated by immediate replacement of the fluid and salts lost through diarrhea.
- Patients can be treated with oral rehydration solution,
a prepackaged mixture of sugar and salts to be mixed with
water and drunk in large amounts.
- This solution is used throughout the world to treat diarrhea.
- Severe cases also require intravenous fluid replacement. With prompt rehydration, fewer than 1% of cholera patients die.
- Antibiotics shorten the course and diminish the severity of the illness, but they are not as important as rehydration.
Do you suspect that you have a foodborne or waterborne illness? Visit reporting suspected foodborne/waterborne illnesses.