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    Leptospirosis can be treated with a broad range of antibiotics, including, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime, or doxycycline. Because of increasing antibiotic resistance, fluoroquinolones are the antibiotic of choice for treatment of typhoid fever. Without complications, the fever will break and a person with an enteric fever will recover in a week or two. However, even after the fever breaks, a patient may relapse and become sick with enteric fever again. These antibiotics include azithromycin, ampicillin, chloramphenicol, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, fluoroquinolones, and tetracycline. Cholera refers to acute diarrhea caused by certain strains of Vibrio cholerae.
    The symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps. Cholera occurs predominantly in children, but can also affect adults. It possesses a mortality rate that is alarmingly high among the water-borne diseases. Coli pass within a week, but older people and young children have a greater chance of developing life-threatening symptoms. Anyone believed to have been exposed to contaminated food or water should contact a doctor if diarrhea contains blood. There are three main ways that people can become sick with waterborne illnesses.
    Many of these pathogens are spread through ingestion, or by eating or drinking contaminated food or beverages. Illnesses can also be spread from person to person or through contact with contaminated animals or the environment. Inhaling aerosolized droplets of contaminated water Crisis from fountains, misters, or showers, may also cause illness. Specific health outcomes are determined by different exposure pathways and multiple other social and behavioral factors, some of which are also affected by climate (Figure 6.1).
    Lifewater teaches proper handwashing in three developing countries.When handwashing in unavailable, cholera can impact an entire village. In developing countries like Ethiopia, data shows that 40 percent of households do not have means to wash their hands properly, meaning they don’t have safe water, soap, and a facility to wash. This makes hygiene management and disease prevention nearly impossible for these communities.
    Severe fluid losses quickly result in hypovolemic shock, a very dangerous and deadly condition. Dysentery is more severe than stomach flu—especially in children younger than 5 and adults older than 64. This infection frequently results in hospitalization and can be deadly. Verywell Health articles are reviewed by board-certified physicians and healthcare professionals. Medical Reviewers confirm the content is thorough and accurate, reflecting the latest evidence-based research.
    Cholera is a waterborne illness that’s easily prevented when traveling. Wash your hands often, only eat foods that are completely cooked and hot , and only eat vegetables you can peel yourself, like avocados, bananas, and oranges. Vaccines are recommended for people who are traveling in areas where poor sanitation and unsafe water are common. The vaccine can be injected via a shot or taken orally for a number of days. To prevent it, refrain from drinking any water that isn’t bottled and sealed, and do not eat food from villages or street vendors. Leptospires are thin, coiled, motile bacteria transmitted to humans by rats, domestic animals, and farm animals.
    CDC looks forward to supporting and collaborating with local, state, tribal, and territorial public health partners to protect all Americans from waterborne disease. Serious outbreaks of giardiasis and cryptosporidiosis have occurred in cities with excellent water-treatment facilities and are of major concern in the water industry. Therefore, every effort must be made to minimize human contact with reclaimed water that may contain any of these pathogens. Of particular concern is the possibility of pathogens being carried in aerosols emitted by spray irrigation inasmuch as aerosols in the 2–5mm size are primarily removed in the respiratory tract.
    Flies and other arthropods may transmit eggs from feces to food and water. Vegetables may be contaminated either by encysted larvae or after contact with contaminated water. CDC’s first estimates of the impact of waterborne disease in the United States cover illnesses tied to all types of water use. They detail how many waterborne diseases, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occur every year, and what these cost our healthcare system. This type of information is referred to as the burden of waterborne disease.

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