Vibrio EL Tor is a particular strain of the bacterium vibrio cholerae — the causative agent of cholera. In the seventh global cholera pandemic, El Tor was the most dominant strain of vibrio.
In the early 20th century, the Turkish government established six medical stations, one of which was El Tor, to cater the pilgrims returning from Mecca.
In 1905, a German physician named Felix Gottschlich identified vibrios in stool specimens of two pilgrims returning from Mecca at the El Tor station.
However, he did not find any concrete evidence of cholera being present in their bodies. So they died in a few weeks due to unknown reasons.
Later in 1905, researchers found out that the bacteria which produced soluble hemolysin were more related to non-cholera vibrios, which is why they decided to refer to all hemolytic vibrios as El Tor vibrios.
In 1937, El Tor was identified again in an outbreak. However, the pandemic did not arise until 1961 in Sulawesi. El Tor and spread through Asia to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
After the pandemic, governments started spending more money on research to find out more about vibrio El Tor, including how it spreads, who it affects, and how it should be treated.
El Tor infection is similar to cholera, as it has the virtually same symptoms but to a milder extent:
- Muscle cramps
- Rapid heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mucous membranes, including the inside of the mouth, nose, and throat
- Loss of skin elasticity — the ability to return to original position quickly if pinched
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say an El Tor infection can cause dehydration and diarrhea so severe that if it’s not treated within hours, it can be fatal.
Since vibrio El Tor is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicines that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, doctors most commonly prescribe antibiotics like tetracyclines or fluoroquinolones to treat an infection caused by vibrio El Tor.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by vibrio EL Tor, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment. You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by EL Tor?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill vibrio EL Tor is all you need to do.
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For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.