01/18/13 - Vaccine News Daily (blog) - Multiple countries issue warnings to travelers in Cuba after cholera outbreak
Cuba's Public Health Ministry reported 51 new cholera cases in Havana on
Tuesday and several countries are taking precautionary measures with
regards to travel to and from Cuba.
The British Embassy in Havana issued a travel advisory encouraging its
citizens to take sensible precautions and seek immediate medical attention
for diarrhea. Multiple other European diplomats said they are considering
similar advisories, Fox News Latino reports.
American diplomats on Cuba issued a travel warning on Monday urging
Americans to follow recommendations for health. So far, no tourists have
contracted cholera since the outbreak began on January 6.
Diplomats expressed concern that the government is not sharing information
about the outbreak in a timely fashion.
The government did not respond to repeated requests for comment and made
no experts available to discuss the cholera situation. The health ministry
stressed that it was taking preventive measures to put the disease on the
path to extinction.
Several health centers in Havana instituted a policy requiring visitors to
sanitize shoes by stepping in chlorine upon entering. State schools are
stressing hand washing and other hygienic measures.
The outbreak of the water-borne disease did not kill any residents of
Cuba, though the disease can kill within weeks through dehydration. An
outbreak in nearby Haiti after the 2010 earthquake killed more than 7,200
people, Fox News Latino reports.
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