#Vaccines can help after cholera starts: studies
2 studies this week suggest that vaccines can help even after an outbreak of cholera starts. This research is particularly important because of the way the current type of cholera has evolved to become more resilient and deadly than its predecessors, said Edward Ryan, an infectious disease expert at Harvard University.
"We have a wily and adaptive foe that has changed the rules of engagement repetitively, and it may be time for us to similarly adapt our strategies," Ryan wrote in PLoS.
"Response efforts to cholera over the last 30 years have largely focused on treating individuals who become afflicted in the short-term, and trying to provide safe water and improved hygiene in the long-term," Ryan said.
"However, as we mark a half century for this pandemic, we must stop and ask: is this still the best approach?"