Vibrio Cholerae, an unsanitary water loving bacteria, endemic to underdeveloped regions of the world. Another, easy way for disease to spread using water sources. Read below, refer to the links below, and give your thoughts regarding water loving pathogens, and epidemics.
“Cholera is typically a water-related disease, primarily affecting developing countries with poor levels of improved water supply, sanitation coverage and solid waste management. It becomes a major concern in urban areas where it can spread rapidly due to the fact that the population density is higher than in rural areas. In Latin America for example, where two-thirds of the population are urban dwellers, cholera outbreaks have been widespread, severe, and frequent, over the last decade.” http://www.grida.no/publications/et/ep2/page/2486.aspx
“Vibrio cholerae bacteria can cause cholera, which is an acute, diarrheal illness that can result in severe dehydration and even death within a matter of hours. These bacteria are not likely to spread directly from one person to another; therefore, casual contact with an infected person is not a risk for becoming ill. There are two general types of Vibrio cholerae bacteria: Vibrio cholerae Serogroup O1, and Vibrio cholerae Serogroup non-O1. A person may get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the Vibrio cholerae bacteria. During an epidemic, the source of Vibrio cholerae bacteria contamination is usually the feces of an infected person. The disease can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate treatment of drinking water and sewage.” http://bacteria.emedtv.com/vibrio-cholerae/vibrio-cholerae-bacteria.html
Dr. Zachary Lahlou