Cholera Outbreak in Havana Practically Extinguished

Havana, Jan 15 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Public Health Ministry stated today that the cholera outbreak in the capital is practically extinguished.

This was made possible, first, through the permanent vigilance and responsiveness of the Cuban health system, says a note released today in Granma newspaper.

The text states that as of Sunday, January 13, the medical monitoring system detected a rise in diarrheal diseases in the municipality of Cerro and later in other areas of the capital.

A group of patients had symptoms and signs that gave rise to the suspicion of cholera, leading to the activation of measures envisaged in the anti-cholera plan, with all necessary means and resources dedicated to its implementation.

Microbiological analysis conducted by the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute (IPK) determined that the causative agent was enterotoxigenic bacteria Vibrio Cholerae O1 serotype Ogawa Tor, according to the document which confirmed around 51 cases to date.

According to epidemiological assessments, the cholera originated with a food vendor; an asymptomatic carrier of the disease which was acquired during outbreaks previously reported in other regions of the country.

The note from the Public Health Ministry reiterates the need for increased attention to hygiene, especially related to handwashing, ingestion of chlorinated water, cleaning and cooking of food, all essential for good health.