Section : Dermatology in Infectious Diseases

Cholera and the skin (For profesionals)

  • Cholera is an infectious disease due to ingestion of food or water drinking contaminated by the Vibrio Cholerae bacteria. Up to 150000 people are infected each year, 90% of which are in Africa.
  • It leads to a profuse painless watery diarrhea which can lead to severe dehydration and death.
  • Treatment is technically simple and consists of giving back the lost water and electrolytes, by mouth or intravenously.
  • It is not normally associated with skin lesions but there is a case report in the literature of systemic dissemination with meningitis and on the skin:
  1. Generalized edema
  2. ecchymotic patches with a vesiculobullous eruption on the distal limbs.


Cutaneous manifestations of non-01 Vibrio cholerae septicemia with gastroenteritis and meningitis. Chan HL, Ho HC, Kuo TT. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1994 Apr;30(4):626-8. Review.

Category : cholera - Modifie le 08.13.2010