Cholera and cholera-like diarrhoeal diseases: Why the differences in severity?

S. A. Abdulkadir*

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Abstract

Although Vibrio Cholera and several other enterotoxigenic bacteria such as the enterotogenic Escherichia coli produce secretory diarrhoea by exactly the same mechanism, cholera is much more severe. It is proposed that this difference in severity may be because while the alkaline diarrhoeal fluid produced in these conditions is optimal for the growth of Vibrio cholera, E. coli and other enterotoxigenic bacteria are inhibited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-281
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Hypotheses
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1991

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  • Medicine(all)

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