More reports of cholera in Dominican Republic

A suspected outbreak of cholera has been reported in San Juan Province. At least 13 people have been admitted to the hospitals of Juan de Herrera and San Juan de la Maguana with symptoms suggesting cholera. Laboratory testing has not yet confirmed the diagnosis, but cholera is now a fairly common risk throughout the Dominican Republic, even in tourist destinations.

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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