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L’eau et le choléra Volume 3, issue 4, Décembre 1992

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Unité Choléra et Vibrions Institut Pasteur 28, rue du Docteur-Roux 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France.
  • Page(s) : 251-9
  • Published in: 1992

The first person to demonstrate the relationship between cholera and the movements of river and sea water was Moreau de Jonnes during the 2nd pandemic. He also introduced the idea of using boiled or treated water during cholera epidemics. After 140 years of dogmatic insistence on the vibrion being transmitted by drinking water, the two African epidemics of Mopti and Goulfey now make it possible to affirm that cholera is a «dirty-hands» disease. Failure to be aware of this simple truth has resulted in the vibrion’s presence in Africa, and now in South America.