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    Sugar and Salt for Cholera

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    Why does a solution of sugar and salt needed to be administered for a person that has cholera? Why can't a person just drink a solution of just salt or just sugar?

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    Once the cholera bacteria reaches the small intestines, the bacteria turn on the protein production of toxins that pull chloride ions and accompanying water from the host's blood supply into the small intestine to create the sickening and very watery diarrhea. The host can thus become rapidly dehydrated if an appropriate mixture of dilute salt water and sugar is not taken to replace the blood's water and salts lost in the diarrhea. In order to treat such severe diarrhea and rapid loss of the water and electrolytes, aggressive ...

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    This solution helps with a problem about providing a person who has cholera with a solution of salt and sugar.

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