Cholera Infected Intestines
In 1849, during a cholera outbreak, members of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia preserved and examined specimens of intestines from cholera patients. Finally, in 2013, researchers identified this strain. Cholera is a devastating bacterial infection caused by Vibrio cholerae, typically transmitted through contaminated water or food. It manifests with symptoms like profuse diarrhea, vomiting, and dehydration, often leading to life-threatening consequences if left untreated. Cholera outbreaks are particularly concerning in areas with inadequate sanitation and clean water access, making it a global public health challenge. Preventative measures, including improved hygiene and access to clean drinking water, remain crucial in controlling the spread of this deadly disease.