Cholera cases continue in Haiti and Dominican Republic (update)

Cholera is now firmly entrenched in Haiti since the outbreak began after the earthquake in 2010. Since the outbreak began, 579,014 cases were recorded, of whom 313,226 were hospitalised, and 7,418 died. Recently, after some short term increases in the number of reported cases due to the onset of heavy rains, the number of new cases and hospitalizations has shown a decreasing trend in the past 4 weeks.

In the Dominican Republic, where the disease spread from the Haitian outbreak, a total of 25,767 cases were reported, of whom 19,327 were hospitalised, and 411 died. Several provinces (San Juan, Santiago, Puerto Plata) continue to register cases, but no outbreaks have been reported from major tourist resorts.

Travellers in these countries can reduce their risk of exposure to cholera by taking all necessary precautions to avoid consuming contaminated food and water.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Cholera.

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