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Cholera outbreak reported in Manzanillo


#1

http://www.promedmail.org/direct.php?id=20120702.1187070

Possibly related to medical personnel returning from Haiti. I doubt this will affect tourists…I believe the only resort in the province is Marea del Portilla, and it is likely not near the hospital that is involved.


#2

There is also some chatter about this on the Marea del Portillo Facebook page. (Remember - always take the “I heard from a friend of a friend of a friend who was talking to his neighbour” rumours with the usual open mind.) ::slight_smile:


#3

The government has made an announcement. It is carried by the Reuters news agency.

HAVANA | Tue Jul 3, 2012 7:21pm EDT

(Reuters) - Three people have died of cholera and another 50 have been diagnosed with the illness in an outbreak caused by contaminated well water, the Cuban government said on Tuesday.

It blamed recent heavy rains and high temperatures for the water problems, which forced the closure of some wells and the chlorination of the water system in the hardest hit areas.

The Public Health Ministry said in a statement that the township of Mazanillo in the southeast province of Granma had suffered the most cholera cases, which have occurred in the last few weeks, but that the outbreak is slowing.

It said the three people who died ranged in age from 66 to 95 and suffered from other, chronic health problems.

Cholera outbreaks have been rare, or at least not publicized, in Cuba since the 1959 revolution and the creation of a national health system by the communist government.

Cholera causes intestinal problems and can lead to death if not treated promptly and properly.

Cuba has touted its medical role in nearby Haiti, where Cuban doctors and nurses have worked since that country’s 2010 earthquake to, among other things, contain a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 7,000 people.

It is not unusual for Cubans to complain that the government sends too many of its doctors abroad to earn money for the country and promote its humanitarian image and has left the national health system short of qualified medical personnel and medicines.

Cuba’s health ministry said it has the “resources necessary for the adequate attention to patients in all the health institutions” during this cholera outbreak.


#4

Here is some on the ground reporting.
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xs58lo_cuba-deals-with-cholera-epidemic_news