The Ghost Map
The symptoms of cholera were as swift as they were horrifying. Victims were quickly debilitated with fast-acting and profuse diarrhea and vomiting. This led to dehydration and imbalances of the electrolytes that control nerve and muscle function.
The loss of body fluids caused victims to have sunken eyes and wrinkled hands. Death usually resulted a day or two later and sometimes within hours.
Electrolytes are chemicals that can conduct electricity. They are important for many body functions. After exercising, athletes may drink solutions containing electrolytes to replenish body supplies.
Keywords: bacteria | cholera | disease | epidemic | microbe | microbiology | John Snow | water pollution
- Wakely, Thomas. (1831) “Blue Stage of the Spasmodic Cholera.” The Lancet. Courtesy of Wellcome Library, London (L0040131).
- Tharp, B., Vogt, G., Vu, M., Burnett, C., Denk, J., and Moreno, N. (2015) Think Like a Microbiologist. Baylor College of Medicine: Houston. ISBN: 978-1-888997-89-7
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Students investigate infectious diseases and the immune system, and serve as epidemiologists as they trace the route of the Cholera epidemic in London. (13 activities)
Students investigate microorganisms and the world of epidemiology. (10 activities)