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close this bookGuidelines for Cholera Control (WHO - OMS, 1993, 68 p.)
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View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgements
View the document1. Introduction
View the document2. About cholera
Open this folder and view contents3. Preventing cholera
Open this folder and view contents4. Being prepared for a cholera epidemic
Open this folder and view contents5. Early responses to the threat of an outbreak
Open this folder and view contents6. Management of the patient with cholera
Open this folder and view contents7. Preventing the spread of an outbreak
View the document8. Epidemiology: investigating an outbreak
Open this folder and view contents9. The role of the laboratory
View the document10. After an outbreak
View the documentAdditional information on cholera control
Open this folder and view contentsAnnexes
View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest

Selected WHO publications of related interest


The rational use of drugs in the management of acute diarrhoea in children.
1990 (71 pages)


The management and prevention of diarrhoea: practical guidelines. Third edition.
1993 (55 pages)


Readings on diarrhoea. Student manual.
1992 (153 pages)


Jelliffe DB, Jelliffe EFP. Dietary management of young children with acute diarrhoea. Second edition.
1991 (29 pages)


Basic laboratory procedures in clinical bacteriology.
1991 (121 pages)


Rajagopalan S, Schiffman MA. Guide to simple sanitary measures for control of enteric diseases.
1974 (102 pages)


Franceys R, Pickford J, Reed R. A guide to the development of on-site sanitation.
1992 (245 pages)


Vaughan JP, Morrow RH, eds.
Manual of epidemiology for district health management.
1989 (198 pages)


Further information on these and other World Health Organization publications can be obtained from Distribution and Sales, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland,

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Almost 100 countries worldwide are still affected by cholera and experience has shown that its introduction into a country is impossible to prevent Unchecked, an outbreak of the disease rapidly reaches epidemic proportions and may result in many deaths. However, improved methods for surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment, coupled with better standards of sanitation and personal hygiene, can significantly limit the spread of infection and minimize the public health problem.

In their comprehensive treatment of cholera control, these guidelines cover the transmission of infection and means of preventing it, the essential preparations that should be made by health facilities for - and their responses to - a real or threatened epidemic, the medical supplies that should be available, management of patients, measures to contain the outbreak, epidemiological studies, the role of the laboratory in diagnosis, and long-term preventive activities. Treatment of cholera patients, with particular emphasis on the rational use of antimicrobial drugs and the prevention and control of dehydration, is dealt with in detail in an annex, as are isolation and identification of the cholera vibrio. The importance of safe drinking-water, careful food preparation, and scrupulous personal hygiene is stressed repeatedly, and the book includes numerous suggestions for health education messages covering these topics.

While the guidelines are intended primarily for use by managers of national programmes, they will doubtless be welcomed by all those who are concerned with the prevention and control of cholera from the local to the international level.

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