Cholera in Cuba (update)

According to a report issued by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization), cholera cases were confirmed in the provinces of Havana, Santiago de Cuba, and Camaguey, as well as in other municipalities where cases were linked to travel in these 3 provinces. In Havana, the cases were linked to 2 food service centres. Twelve persons who travelled to Cuba from other countries (2 from Chile, 2 from Germany, 3 from Italy, 1 from the Netherlands, 2 from Spain, and 2 from Venezuela) became infected.

Outbreaks of cholera do not appear to have affected the main tourist areas of the country. However, 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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