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Humanidades Médicas

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SANCHEZ LERA, Rita María  and  PEREZ VAZQUEZ, Isael Armando. Cholera: history of a great calamity of the humanity. Rev Hum Med [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.2, pp.547-569. ISSN 1727-8120.

A bibliographical revision with the objective of deepening in the knowledge on cholera and its history was carried out. Some aspects related with its aetiology, pathology, clinical picture, treatment, epidemiology and prevention are considered. Cholera is an illness of multicausal origin where biological, environmental, social, political and cultural factors intervene. This disease is resurging as a sanitary problem of first magnitude in many countries. It is necessary to develop a strong promotion of health in the society to eradicate it, to guarantee a quick attention to sick and contacts and to impede the disorganization of the social and economic structure in favour of the quality of the human being life.

Keywords : cholera; history; prevention & control.

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