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New York in the Time of Cholera

Amy Jackson

What do we really know about cholera, other than the fact, it was a shadowy character in Gabriel Garcia Márquez’s lush Nobel Prize winning novel Love in the Time of Cholera? For the most part, we know next to nothing.
Several weeks ago, three unsuspecting adults, contracted the deadly disease becoming its hosts after attending a wedding in the Dominican Republic. Returning to the states ill, it was suspected the New Yorkers contracted the disease either through drinking water or the native cuisines. Hospitalization was not necessary in order to treat the disease. All of the patients have fully recovered from their tryst with cholera.
Despite how exotic cholera sounds to Americans, it is not as unique as it seems. There is at least one case of cholera in New York every year, due to travel abroad. So, how do you know if you have cholera? The symptoms include:
painful diarrhea which leads to severe dehydration
rapid heart rate
loss of skin statistically
low blood pressure
muscle cramps
dry mucus membranes

Courtesy of www.cnn.com and http://www.medicinenet.com/cholera/article.htm


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The Wesleyan Word is the official student newspaper of Wesleyan College. Operated and produced by students, The Word is printed twice per month during the fall and spring semesters. Online editions are released every Wednesday throughout the school year. Wesleyan College is a 4-year private residential college for women in Macon, Georgia. Established in 1836, Wesleyan College is the first college in the world to charter degrees to women.


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