Cholera appeared for the first time in the Indian subcontinent in 1817. Since that moment, seven pandemics have taken place in many different countries around the world, reaching Europe in 1839. Nowadays, this disease is not really taken into account in developed countries. However, millions of people are undergoing this condition worldwide.
According to medical reviews, cholera is caused by a bacterium toxin which produces diarrhea. This toxin is spread in water contaminated by the fecal waste from an infected person. Notwithstanding, it can be easily cured by rehydration or in some cases by means of antibiotics. However, if this illness is not treated within 3 or 4 days it can provoke death.
Currently, cholera is still really common in developing countries as Nepal or countries which have been affected by a natural phenomenon as Haiti. In these places, living conditions are hard and even this easy-to-cure and prevent illness represents a huge problem for their inhabitants.
All things considered, cholera is almost an eradicated illness in developed countries but it is still alive in many places where governments do not care about people’s conditions. We can say that the only thing these people need is information, what would help them to stand up for their human rights.
The following video was released by AlJazeera English and it shows the consequences of this pandemic in Haiti.