Cholera

12 July 2007

Can antibiotics and other medication be used?

In individual cases of severe cholera, an effective antibiotic can help shorten the illness, though rehydration remains the core treatment.

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In individual cases of severe cholera, an effective antibiotic can help shorten the illness, though rehydration remains the core treatment. For whole communities, however, preventative mass treatment with an antibiotic does not limit the spread of cholera and is therefore not recommended.

Antidiarrhoeal medicines, such as loperamide, are not recommended and should not be given.

 

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