Medicine: New Cure for Cholera

Cholera rages in many parts of Asia where poverty impedes sanitation and millions drink polluted water. There is still no really effective vaccine for the disease, which causes a debilitating diarrhea and deprives the body of essential fluids. A century ago, doctors tried unsuccessfully to treat cholera by fumigating victims in a large wooden box. But in East Pakistan, where cholera is a major killer, a team of U.S. Public Health Service doctors has developed a simple cure that may save thousands of lives because it is far cheaper than preventive measures.


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