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Cholera Treatment in Malnourish Children

Chandrika Murugaiah1* Hassanain Al-Talib2, Shanthi Bavani V Raja Mohan3 and Atif Amin Baig4

1Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sabah, Jalan UMS, 88400, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

2Laboratory Medical Science Cluster, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Sungai Buloh, 47000, Selangor, Malaysia

3Taylor’s University, Malaysia

4Faculty of Medical Sciences, University Sultan Zainal Abidin

Corresponding Author

Received Date: December 11, 2018;  Published Date: December 14, 2018


Cholera is an extremely virulent disease that can kill within hours if left untreated; it is an infectious disease that can cause severe diarrhea and dehydration. Cholera is transmitted mainly through contaminated water and food. Children are the most vulnerable to infection. Most cases need rapid treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics. The real danger of cholera is the loss of liquid and nutrients from the child’s body. Malnutrition in children with cholera is common in under developed countries. Severe malnutrition remains an important problem in cholera cases. Liquid and nutrition lost can cause dehydration and malnutrition. It is recommended that drink lots of liquids and oral rehydration salts (ORS), properly mixed with clean water from a safe source, and take zinc tablets or syrup for 10–14 days.

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