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Published On: Sun, Oct 20th, 2013

Cholera cases up a dozen in Mexico, total case count now 171

In a follow up to the current cholera outbreak in Mexico, The Ministry of Health in Mexico has reported another 12 cases in the past week, bringing the total case count to 171, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) update Saturday.

Vibrio cholerae Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

Vibrio cholerae
Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

All 12 of the new cases are from Hidalgo state. Of the 171 confirmed cases, two are from the Federal District, 157 cases from the state of Hidalgo, nine from the state of Mexico, one from the state of San Luis Potosi and two from the state of Veracruz.

Eighty-six of the total confirmed cases are women and 85 are men with ages ranging from three months to 88 years old.  Of these, thirty-nine cases were hospitalized.

The health authorities of Mexico continue to strengthen the outbreak investigation and surveillance at the national level and ensure the availability and quality care in medical units.  Health professionals at different levels of the health care system are being trained about prevention, treatment and control of the disease.  Measures are implemented to ensure access to drinking water and basic sanitation at the community level.  Awareness campaigns, particularly around safe water and food consumption is being carried out in Spanish and indigenous languages.

This is the first local transmission of cholera recorded since the 1991-2001 cholera epidemic in Mexico.  The genetic profile of the bacterium obtained from patients in Mexico presents high similarity (95 percent) with the strain that is currently circulating in three Caribbean countries (Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba), and is different from the strain that had been circulating in Mexico during 1991-2001 epidemic.

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