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      September 19, 2019

      Thursday   6:00 PM

      2206 Beckett Street
      Bossier City, Louisiana 71111


      Cholera: An ancient scourge that remains a serious public health menace today. Presented by Kenneth Peterson, PhD is the Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport, specializing in Vibrio cholerae pathogenesis. Asiatic cholera is an intestinal infection caused by fecal-oral transmission of the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. The hallmark of the disease is an explosive watery diarrhea that causes severe dehydration and death within hours of onset. Cholera can be endemic, epidemic, or pandemic. Cholera is a highly contagious disease that occurs in areas without clean water and proper sanitation—from poor, remote villages to overcrowded cities, refugee camps and conflict zones. Cholera infection is preventable and easily treated, yet it infects millions of people and causes over a hundred thousand deaths each year. In recent years there have been major outbreaks in post-earthquake Haiti and war-torn Yemen. 1.1 million Yemeni’s contracted cholera in 2017.

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