Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 16806780
Med Mal Infect 2006 Jun;36(6):346-8
Cholera is a bacterial infection, which causes digestive symptoms and massive diarrhoea. It may lead to dehydration and death if appropriate medical management is not rapidly initiated. Most cases of infection by choleric vibrio, however, remain symptom-free or may mimic common gastroenteritis. A review of two cases of imported cholera in France in the summer of 2005 and the community- and hospital-based investigation, which they triggered, enabled the incident management teams to assess risks of transmission. There were no secondary cases among 58 hospital contacts and 15 family contacts of the cases. Clinicians will find a discussion of possible clinical presentations and the risk of secondary transmission, in the context of progressing epidemics in countries, which have maintained close ties with France.