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Stopping Cholera in Its Tracks

Tufts researchers are testing bacteriophages—viruses that kill the cholera bacteria—as a way to halt the spread of the deadly diseaseCholera strikes almost 3 million people each year worldwide, causing 95,000 deaths. An acute diarrheal infection, it’s prevalent in regions with inadequate access to clean water and sanitation. Now Tufts researchers are developing a treatment to prevent the spread of cholera, using viruses to attack the bacterium that causes the disease. It’s different than current treatment options, which include a rehydration solution given after the onset of symptoms and multiple-dose vaccines that require ten days to take effect.

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