Cholera is caused by a bacteria and is rare in the United States. Those with cholera may experience diarrhea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, muscle cramps, and low blood pressure. If people get extremely dehydrated, death can occur within hours. Cholera is spread though contaminated feces that makes its way into our water supply or food, such as when sewer waste enters the drinking water system or someone with cholera doesn't wash their hands and causes food contamination.
If you’re traveling to a place where people get cholera, it’s important to learn what’s safe to eat and drink — and to practice good hygiene (like washing your hands). Learn more about cholera.