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Oral Rehydration Therapy

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is a simple treatment for dehydration caused by diarrhea, resulting from cholera or rotavirus or other diseases.  ORT is a mixture of salts and sugars that is taken by mouth. It is used around the world.  In the developing world it saves millions of children a year from death due to diarrhea.

In 1831, intravenous hydration was first used to replace the salts and water lost from diarrhea.  The results were remarkable, and the mortality rate of cholera dropped from 70 percent to 40 percent with the use of IV solutions.

The World Health Organizations states that some home products can be used to treat and prevent dehydration.  …

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