3 countries report cholera in the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization (World Health Organization Office for the Americas) has registered a total of 21,227 cases of cholera so far this year. Three countries, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti, continue to report cholera infections.

In Cuba, approximately 300 sporadic cases have occurred in Holguin Province. Control efforts have been initiated.

In the Dominican Republic, there have been more than 33,000 cases since cholera spread from Haiti in 2010, but only 396 suspected cholera cases were registered so far this year. However, there have been 12 deaths.

The majority of the reported cholera cases (almost 21,000, or 98 percent) continue to occur in Haiti where contaminated water sources and inadequate sanitation persist.

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Advice For Travellers

All travellers to any area where cholera has been reported can reduce the risk of exposure to this infection by strictly observing all food and water precautions. If gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., vomiting and profuse watery diarrhoea) develop while visiting the affected area, travellers should seek medical care at once. Severe dehydration may occur very quickly.

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