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13 Oct 2018 | 05:19 PM UTC

Dominican Republic: Uptick in cholera cases nationwide

Dominican Republic News Alert

Uptick in cholera cases reported in nationwide outbreak; 113 cases reported as of early September

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/12/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/19/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Santo_Domingo). COUNTRY/REGION Dominican Republic

Event

According to health officials in the Dominican Republic, 113 cases of cholera have been reported nationwide as of September, representing an increase over the number of cases reported during the same period in 2017. According to local sources, 87 cases were reported in Independencia province during the months of July and August alone. Further spread of the disease is possible in the coming weeks.

Context

Reports of cholera cases have been common in the Dominican Republic since 2010 and have mostly affected provinces close to the Haitian border.

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium that can induce acute diarrhea. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.

Advice

To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.

 

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