Death in The Time of Cholera

As many as 6 million people, most of them very poor, may fall ill and 40,000 of them could die because an easily treatable disease is raging out of control in Latin America

Many doctors think of cholera as a kind of Lazarus syndrome. Victims are brought to a clinic or hospital with no apparent blood pressure or pulse, taking only shallow breaths. "But if there is any life left in them at all, we can bring them back," says Dr. David Sack, associate professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Sadly, thousands of people in Latin America will not be revived in time and will die of the disease, which robs the body of fluids through severe diarrhea and vomiting. Last week the first epidemic of cholera on...

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