Travel Warning, Dominican Republic probe cholera outbreak
(USA — Health officials are investigating what could be a new cholera outbreak in the northern Dominican Republic, where one woman died and more than 200 people have sought medical attention, Health Minister Bautista Rojas said Thursday.



He cautioned that only six of the more than 200 cases have been confirmed as cholera, including that of a 64-year-old woman who died on Wednesday. The remaining patients exhibit cholera symptoms but are awaiting confirmation through lab tests, he said.

The outbreak occurred in the northern town of Tamboril, where heavy rains damaged water and sewer pipes earlier this month.

Bautista said the outbreak is under control, and government officials said they are disinfecting potable water with the maximum amount of chlorine allowed.

The first cholera outbreak in the Dominican Republic occurred in late 2010 with more than 22,500 cases and 163 deaths reported. The number of cases had been dwindling since August 2011.

The neighboring country of Haiti, where the outbreak originated, is still struggling with cholera, which has killed more than 7,000 people and sickened 530,000 more, according to Haitian health officials.


Mosquito-borne diseases under attack in Haiti, Dominican Republic - Hispaniola is the only island in the Caribbean where malaria is endemic!

( - Efforts to eliminate two mosquito-borne diseases – malaria and lymphatic filariasis – in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are ongoing, with the first of four meetings on the issue this year held in Santo Domingo in March.

Participants were from the technical teams of the National Center for Tropical Disease Control, the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Program of the Haitian Ministry of Health. Also participating were experts from The Carter Center, The Panamerican Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hispaniola is the only island in the Caribbean where malaria is endemic, and it also contains more than 90 percent of all lymphatic filariasis cases in the Americas. Both diseases are much more frequent in Haiti than in the Dominican Republic. Public health officials remain concerned that the loss of lives and damage to infrastructure and government resources, brought on by the 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, may have increased the prevalence of malaria and lymphatic filariasis, as well as other health problems.

Malaria and lymphatic filariasis also affect the economy, since both diseases are caused by poverty, and create even more poverty.

"It's exciting that cooperative elimination efforts in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which were suspended following the earthquake, are now being resumed," says former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose center has provided technical support for the 10-year plan to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis on the island of Hispaniola .

A delegation that included Carter traveled to the border area and capitols of both nations in October 2009 to help promote the launch of the plan and build on earlier technical and financial support provided by The Carter Center.

"We are taking this opportunity, during the reconstruction of Haiti, to be more emphatic regarding decisions, actions and funding to create a future free of two crippling but preventable neglected diseases, that keep us shackled in cycles of poverty," says Marie Denise Milord, binational coordinator. "That's what the Dominican and Haitian experts are doing here today—protecting our future."

Following the earthquake, experts see an opportunity to promote the elimination of these two diseases, with a high impact on reconstruction activities, and urge the international community to support the elimination strategy as part of the recovery strategy in Haiti. Since February, for the first time in its history, Haiti has extended mass drug administration to all lymphatic filariasis-affected areas.

"Disease knows no borders, especially in today's global community. We all have a stake in supporting Haiti and the Dominican Republic's goal of completely eliminating these diseases, not merely controlling them. More importantly it is the ethical, humanitarian thing to do," says Donald R. Hopkins, ITFDE chair and vice president for health programs at The Carter Center.

The Carter Center is not-for-profit organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University.


Before going to the DR, read this!! Dengue, cholera, leptospirosis and malaria highest in two years

Dengue 1,587 cases - 43 deaths, Cholera 19,116 cases - 142 deaths, Rabies 19,559 cases - 3 deaths, Leptospirosisa, disease caused by rat urine in food ingested by humans, 638 cases - 14 the Dominican Republic...!!


Dominican Watchdog Note | And this is only the reported numbers!! The government tried to hide the truth about cholera in Casa de Campo - Cholera Reaches New York from Casa de Campo wedding

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