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How do you treat cholera?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

In severe cases, where a large amount of fluid is lost through vomiting and diarrhoea, rapid fluid replacement is immediately required.

Patients can drink an oral rehydration solution (ORS), which is pre-packaged sugar and salts mixed with water, or if required, intravenous fluids (i.e. drips) and electrolytes (salts) may be administered through a needle in a vein. 

Antibiotics may also be used to shorten the duration of symptoms. 

Before administering treatment see your healthcare professional who will assess your situation. 


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Sources & Citations

2. World Health Organization. Cholera. Available at: (accessed 24 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102457   Date of preparation December 2021