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Cholera in Domincan Republic

26 Aug 2013

The Dominican health authorities have confirmed a new cholera outbreak. The outbreak has been identified in San Cristobal which is around 30km west of Santo Domingo in the south of the country. Twenty three cholera cases have been admitted to hospital for treatment.

The health ministry has issued an alert in San Cristobal and surrounding towns and set up specialist unit to treat new cholera cases in the area.

Advice for Travellers

Cholera is considered a low risk for travellers who have access to safe drinking water and who maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and food safety.

Cholera vaccine is available for those mixing closely with the local population who cannot ensure safe water/food and a good standard of personal hygiene.