Published On: Mon, Jan 28th, 2013

CDC issues outbreak notice for travelers to Haiti

The ongoing cholera outbreak that began in over two years ago on the Caribbean nation of Haiti has exceeded 600,000 cases since the epidemic started, prompting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue an outbreak notice and travel advice today for people who journey to Haiti.

Haiti   Image/CIA

Haiti Image/CIA

According to Haitian health authorities,  the Ministere de la Sante Publique et de la Population (MSPP), as of December 31, 2012, 635,980 cases and 7,912 deaths have been reported since the cholera epidemic began in Haiti.

In the capital city of Port-au-Prince alone, officials say 173,485 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak.

US health officials say while most travelers to Haiti are not at high risk for getting cholera, they should still be prepared and take the necessary precautions.

The CDC advises travelers to bring the following for the prevention and treatment of the bacterial disease– A prescription antibiotic to take in case of diarrhea, water purification tablets and oral rehydration salts.

In addition, prevention of cholera can be enhanced by following the Five Basic Cholera Prevention Messages provided by the CDC.

There is no cholera vaccine available in the US.

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