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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Cuba Maintains Surveillance on Cholera Outbreak
Havana, Jul 14.- Prevention and hygiene measures have contributed to a decrease in the number of cases of a water-borne epidemic outbreak, without evidence about the spreading of cholera through food or any other way in the Granma municipality of Manzanillo, Granma newspaper reported on Saturday.
According to the press release, the Cuban Public Health Ministry informed on July 2 about an outbreak of cholera in patients from that territory, over 800 kilometers east of Havana. Since then, on local radio and television, people have kept informed about the evolution of the epidemiological situation, especially the prevention and hygiene measures to be taken.
So far, there are 158 people who, after clinical, epidemiological studies and laboratory cultures, have been confirmed with the presence of the Vibrio cholerae O1 Ogawa zerotype bacterium. Only three people have died as a consequence of the disease, the text states.
As a result of the epidemiological surveillance system on acute diarrhea diseases in summertime, some isolated cases have been diagnosed in other regions of the country, of people infected in Manzanillo who are being appropriately treated and studied.
In light of the epidemiological situation, the organizations and agencies involved in the systematic analysis and adoption of the required measures are working together to guarantee chlorinated drinking water in the affected zones, clean-up and hygiene actions and mass education campaign with people who have cooperated at all times by complying with all sanitary indications, the notes says.
The Cuban Public health Ministry reiterates the need to intensify hygiene, especially washing the hands, drink boiled water, cleaning and adequate food cooking, which are indispensable aspects during the summer. (Prensa Latina)
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