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Cholera in Cuba (Update)

07 Feb 2013

The media has reported on the resurgence of cholera in the eastern province of Holguin. At present, more than 100 adults and 50 children are suspected to be suffering from cholera in various areas of the province. Two women died from cholera after attending a party where several individuals became unwell with a diarrhoeal illness and required admission to hospital.

Last week the authorities in Granma province (also in the east) reported a resurgence of cholera in the capital of Baymo. Granma province is the area where the original outbreak began in June 2012. Cholera cases are also being reported from the eastern province of Guantanamo.

Advice for Travellers

Cholera risk outwith the outbreak area is negligible for travellers. All travellers should continue to practise strict food and water hygiene and wash their hands frequently, especially before eating.