Via Prensa Latina: Cholera Alert in Dominican Republic. Excerpt:
The health authorities of the Dominican province of Santiago remained today the alert to the increasing number of people with symptoms of cholera in that territory, where more than 300 are reported affected.
The outbreak of diarrhea in the last three days is caused by poor quality of drinking water consumed by residents of the territory, said the provincial director of Public Health, Ramon Martinez.
In addition to diarrhea, patients treated at public and private hospitals, had vomiting and severe pain in the abdomen.
Most of the patients were tested for diagnosis, and many of them confirmed the presence of bacterial infections without discarding cholera, said an epidemiologist quoted by local media.
Cholera coming from Haiti, appeared in the Dominican Republic in November 2010, this disease caused so far more than 170 deaths, official figures indicate.
Dominican former Minister of Health, Bautista Rojas, said last month that cholera has affected 0.22 percent of the Dominican population of about nine and a half million inhabitants, although concentrated in the areas of greatest social vulnerability.