Cholera in Haiti increasing again

There is no end in sight for controlling the cholera epidemic in Haiti that began 7 years ago. Last year cases (39,000) and deaths (420) were more than the previous year. There may be significant underreporting of this illness due to limitations in actual case counting. Funding for cholera control is barely one half of the estimated required amount.

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Advice For Travellers

Due to lack of funding and poor sanitation, the risk of exposure to cholera will remain high. All travellers can minimize the risk of exposure to this disease. Strictly observe all food and water precautions in any area where there is cholera. 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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