Cholera: A Case Study Aidan Jackson
- Published: Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:28
Aidan Jackson is a medical student from Melbourne who, in his brief visit to Africa, was thrust into the midst of the outbreak of this highly contagious disease in the slums of Nairobi.
Cholera is a profuse, painless and watery diarrhoeal condition caused by infection of the small intestine by Vibrio cholera bacteria. It is a fecal-oral disease, meaning it is transmitted through people consuming food or water contaminated with infected faeces; it is most prevalent in communities with low degrees of hygiene and sanitation. Cholera is currently one of the most contagious diseases worldwide, and community health education and strategies are thus imperative for combating it. 75% of cholera cases are asymptomatic, however a small number can cause severe dehydration and even death.
The above summary is the basics of the information a medical textbook will provide on Cholera. My experience in a medical clinic in the slums of Nairobi, however, has taught me practical and necessary medical skills that no textbook could provide.