US Plan to Spread Cholera Across Syria and Turkey May be Failing
Cholera is an acute and potentially severe gastrointestinal disease (stomach andintestines) caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. This agent has been investigated in the past as a biological weapon. Cholera does not spread easily from human to human, so it appears that major drinking water supplies would have to be profusely contaminated for this agent to be effective as a biological weapon.Cholera normally can infect water or food that becomes contaminated by human bowel waste. The organism can survive for up to 24 hours in sewage and as long as six weeks in certain types of relatively impure water containing organic matter. It can withstand freezing for three to four days, but it is killed readily by dry heat, steam, boiling, short-term exposure to ordinary disinfectants, and chlorination of water.The toxin causes a person’s intestines to create massive amounts of fluid that then produces thin, grayish brown diarrhea.