CIDRAP has published its News Scan for Aug 13, 2015 | MERS in Saudi Arabia; Cholera in Hispaniola; Salmonella from pig roasts; Measles in DRC. Excerpt:
The number of cholera cases in Haiti and the Dominican Republic this year are still running higher than at this time last year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in an update yesterday. Disease activity is quiet elsewhere in the Americas region, with only one case linked to Cuban travel that was reported in January by Canada and no cases reported so far by Mexico.
Haiti has reported 20,043 cases from January through Jul 25, including 15,921 hospitalizations and 171 deaths, according to PAHO. Disease levels are higher so far than the same time last year, and for some weeks, the number of cases is higher than 2012, the year that followed the country's massive outbreak in the wake of its 2010 earthquake disaster.
So far this year the Dominican Republic has reported 344 suspected cases, along with 11 deaths. PAHO said the rate is double than recorded for the same period in 2014 and that transmission is related to cholera trends reported from Haiti.