What is Cholera?
Cholera is one of the most common bacterial infections. It is found in food or water sources contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholera. Throughout the globe, over 600 million people are at risk of being infected with cholera. It is a fatal disease that has caused a massive number of deaths in pandemics. Symptoms of cholera usually appear after 2-3 days and include watery diarrhoea, vomiting, leg cramps, rapid fluid loss, dehydration, shock, etc.
The symptoms of cholera are often mild, and in some cases none appear at all. Cholera can ruin your trip with vomiting and diarrhoea. In 20% of infected cholera patients, it develops severe symptoms. If it is left untreated, it has the potential to cause death.
What is the most commonly used cholera vaccine?
Vaxchora is the name of the vaccine used against some of the bacteria that causes cholera. It provides protection against cholera infection, giving significant protection against cholera.
How Does Vaxchora Work?
Vaxchora is a live, attenuated vaccine. This means the cholera strains inside the vaccine produce a nontoxic and incomplete version of the toxin. After being vaccinated, the body creates antibodies against cholera.