PAHO issues cholera update for Haiti, Dominican Republic and Cuba
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently released an Epidemiological Update for cholera in the Caribbean region, covering Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
According to the report, in Haiti, since the beginning of the epidemic (October 2010) to epidemiological week (EW) 32 of 2013, the total number of cholera cases reached 669,645, of which 371,099 were hospitalized and 8,224 died.
Since the Oct. 2012, the number of cases and deaths from cholera has been a rollercoaster ride of upward and downward trends.
In the neighboring Dominican Republic, since the beginning of the epidemic (November 2010) through epidemiological week (EW) 30 of 2013 the total number of suspected cholera cases reported was 30,671 of which 454 died.
In Cuba, authorities maintain active and strict clinical-epidemiological surveillance of acute diarrheal diseases, studying every suspected case.
In early 2013, the National IHR Focal Point of Cuba reported that by January 14, there were 51 confirmed cases of cholera in an outbreak in Havana, related to food handling. Previously, a total of 47 cholera cases had been reported, following Hurricane Sandy, in the provinces of Camaguey, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba. All cases were characterized as Vibrio cholerae toxigenic serogroup O1, serotype Ogawa, biotype El Tor.
In addition, in the past several weeks, there has been five cases (Italy (1), Venezuela (2) and Chile (2)) of cholera reported, all related to travel to Cuba.
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