Our expert says:
Cholera is caused by a germ and you get cholera by drinking water or eating food (like shellfish or unwashed lettuce) contaminated with the cholera bacteria. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the feces of an infected person. You don't get it from just having normal contact with an infected person. Someone that nurses a cholera patient can get infected if they work with body fluids and do not wash their hands well.
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