Eradicated for a century in some areas of the world, Alexandra Ossola looks at a brief history of a disease that has infected 246, 000 people in Yemen within eight months
Mohammad Shubo is definitely motionless when he is wheeled to the clinic. He had started experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting that morning; simply by evening, he had no pulse.
In an effort to rehydrate him quickly, the nurses provide Shubo an IV of saline solution. His reanimation seems nearly uncanny within half an hour he is able to sit down up and speak. He usually spends the next two days at the hospital in order to rehydrate and convalesce before time for his cramped quarters. If Shubo had arrived at the clinic simply 10 minutes later he would have passed away, a nurse says.
For those who have already been fortunate enough not to see the effects of cholera first hand, David Sack, a teacher of international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School associated with Public Health, says Shubos situation, which appears on a 2011 Ing Jazeera documentary , gives a good sense of the disease. A large number of patients develop the same symptoms since Shubo did, though not all are usually as lucky. Sack recalls an instance from Uganda in which a woman has been hospitalised with symptoms of cholera, however the hospital staff didnt diagnose the girl properly, even though there was a cholera treatment facility on the hospital grounds. The girl was not closely monitored and passed away of dehydration overnight. Cases such as this should never happen, Sack says. Yet clearly they do.