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
dry mucus membranes