Cholera epidemiology - Some environmental aspects

W. H. Mosley, M. Khan

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Cholera has a distinctive epidemiological pattern. Epidemics, even in endemic areas, are sharply localized in time and place. The 'place' specificity points to the essential requirement for water to facilitate disease transmission. The age, sex, occupational risks of disease are primarily related to exposure to contaminated water. This exposure may, however, involve small doses of V. cholerae ingested in water while rinsing the mouth, utensils, fresh vegetables, or with fish, especially shellfish. The epidemiological pattern of cholera contrasts so greatly with that of other diarrheal diseases, that it appears inappropriate to make any general classification of the spread or control of these diseases without etiology-specific study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-316
Number of pages8
JournalProgress in water technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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