Cholera : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Dry mucus membranes or mouth
  • Dry skin
  • Excessive thirst
  • Glassy or sunken eyes
  • Lack of tears
  • Lethargy
  • Low urine output
  • Nausea
  • Rapid dehydration
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • Sunken “soft spots” (fontanelles) in infants
  • Unusual sleepiness or tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea that starts suddenly
    • Diarrhea has a “fishy” odor
    • Stool looks like water with flecks of rice in it

Note: Symptoms can vary from mild to severe.

Diagnosis & Tests

Tests that may be done include:

  • Blood culture
  • Stool culture


Review Date : 2/21/2009
Reviewed By : George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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