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The World in Medicine
February 12, 2003

Cutting Cholera Cases

JAMA. 2003;289(6):691. doi:10.1001/jama.289.6.691-a

Sometimes deceptively simple measures can have a big impact. New research indicates that filtering drinking water through old clothes can reduce new cholera cases by half.

The findings, by researchers from the University of Maryland (College Park), the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (Dhaka, Bangladesh), and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore), were published January 14 in the on-line edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 10.1073/pnas.0237386100).