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- Living or traveling in areas where cholera is present
- Eating contaminated food or fluids
- Eating raw or undercooked shellfish
- Having blood group O
- Having a weakened immune system
- Having low levels of stomach acid
- Sudden onset of painless, watery diarrhea without blood or pus
- Muscle cramps
- South America
- Central America
Careful Eating Habits
- Drink only bottled or boiled water
- Eat only well-cooked foods that are served hot
- Avoid all raw or undercooked shellfish
- Avoid salads
- Avoid raw vegetables that you have not peeled yourself
- Carry oral rehydration solution (ORS) and know how to use it if you develop severe diarrhea
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World Health Organization http://www.who.int
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/19/2014 -
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