Cuba Confirms 51 Cases of Cholera in Havana

by Colonel on January 15, 2013

“Cuban media published a health advisory Tuesday warning people to take precautions to avoid contracting cholera and revealing 51 confirmed cases in Cuba’s capital.

The advisory, which was reported by the newspapers Granma and Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth), says that a steep increase in patients suffering from diarrhea was detected as of Jan. 6 in the Havana municipality of Cerro. Subsequently, cases began showing up in other areas of the Cuban capital.

There have been widespread rumors of a cholera outbreak — first in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba following Hurricane Sandy’s rampage through the city where precautions such as asking people to disinfect their shoes and hands before entering public buildings and telling people to use water purification drops sold in local pharmacies have been implemented.

However, Tuesday’s advisory is the first official public admission of a cholera outbreak in the capital.

” — Portia Siegelbaum, Copyright 2013 CBS Interactive Inc

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