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Implementation of a Symptomatic Approach Leads to Increased Efficiency of a Cholera Treatment Unit

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  • Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo, Lima, Perú; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru; Universidad de San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru; Departments of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, St. George's University Hospital, London, United Kingdom; Department of Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

Cholera is a disease of poverty that remains prevalent in resource-limited countries. The abrupt emergence of an epidemic frequently takes communities and health systems by surprise. Spread is rapid and initial mortality high: delays in organizing an appropriate response, lack of health worker training, and high patient numbers contribute to high rates of complications and deaths.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Eduardo Ticona, Hospital Nacional Dos de Mayo Av. Grau Nro. 1300 Parque Historia de la Medicina Peruana, Lima 11, Perú. E-mail: eticonacrg@gmail.com

Financial support: Self-financed.

Authors' addresses: Eduardo Ticona and Jaime Soria, Hospital Nacional Dos De Mayo, Infectious Diseases, Lima, Peru, E-mail: eticonacrg@gmail.com and jaime9504@yahoo.es. Daniela E. Kirwan, St. George?s University, Departments of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, London, UK, E-mail: dannikirwan@yahoo.com. Robert H. Gilman, Johns Hopkins University, Department of International Health, Baltimore, MD, E-mail: gilmanbob@gmail.com.

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