Cholera in 3 countries in the Americas

Cholera transmission is currently occurring principally in two countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with occasional cases occurring in Cuba. At the present time, the epidemic in Haiti that began in 2010 continues with 16,687 cases and 140 deaths so far this year. In the Dominican Republic (273 cases, 10 deaths), there has been a slight increase compared to the same time period last year. The single case in Cuba occurred in a Canadian traveller who was diagnosed after returning to Canada.

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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.