Dominican Republic takes measures to avoid cholera spread

13:35, November 18, 2010      

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President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic on Wednesday ordered reinforcement of preventive measures to avoid the spread of cholera.

Just hours before this statement, authorities in the Dominican Republic, which neighbors Haiti, reported its first case of cholera.

The first case is a Haitian male citizen, who had recently returned to the Dominican Republic from a 12-day vacation in Haiti. The patient was in a hospital and in stable condition, according to Dominican Health Minister Bautista Rojas.

"We decided to reinforce sanitary controls of all kinds at the border," said Rojas after a meeting with the Cholera Commission, headed by President Fernandez.

Chlorine will be added to water and trade and transportation with Haiti will be restricted. It is temporarily prohibited to hire Haitians.

Meanwhile, Lilian Reneau, representative of the World Health Organization, urged the population to continue with the preventive measures, such as washing hands and thoroughly cooking food.

Cholera is transmitted by feces and can be prevented if people have access to safe drinking water and regularly wash their hands.

Source: Xinhua


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