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Author(s): Gregory Vogt, Ed.D.

About Cholera

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.

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