Cholera continues on Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic)

Exposure to cholera remains a risk in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti.

  • Dominican Republic - Since the beginning of the epidemic (November 2010) through the 41st week of 2014, there were 31,703 suspected cholera cases, including 472 deaths. However, during 2014, there were only 231 suspected cholera cases, including 5 deaths registered (much lower than what was observed in previous years). Currently, the provinces of San Juan and Azua are reporting cases.

  • Haiti - Almost 1,000 cases of cholera continue to be reported every week. The most affected departments include L'Artibonite, Centre, Ouest and Nord.

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.

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