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    In Haiti they have an outbreak of cholera. In the last couple of days 140 people have died.
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    And the DR Health ministryis gearing up for the influx of patients along the frontier.

    Wash hands. wash food, cleanliness is next to life in this case. Cholera is water borne, and can pass from person to person through touch...Wash, wash....boil, boil....

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    Should people get a shot before coming to Santiago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trainman33 View Post
    Should people get a shot before coming to Santiago?

    Can you get shots for cholera?

    If so where - in the D.R?

    Seriously, I want info please - anybody?????

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    Numerous sources say that the old injectable vaccine is no longer available in the USA due to it only having 50% effectiveness.
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    You must be able to. When I lived in Singapore I used to have cholera shots. Mind you that was 40 years ago lol

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    Yes there is immunisation for cholera but it's not that effective against all strains. It's not recommended unless one is visiting an area affected by cholera or working directly with victims.

    Cholera Immunisation | Health | Patient UK

    A vaccine for cholera is available in some countries, but prophylactic usage is not currently recommended for routine use by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).[16] During recent years, substantial progress has been made in developing new oral vaccines against cholera. Two oral cholera vaccines, which have been evaluated with volunteers from industrialized countries and in regions with endemic cholera, are commercially available in several countries: a killed whole-cell V. cholerae O1 in combination with purified recombinant B subunit of cholera toxin and a live-attenuated live oral cholera vaccine, containing the genetically manipulated V. cholerae O1 strain CVD 103-HgR. The appearance of V. cholerae O139 has influenced efforts in order to develop an effective and practical cholera vaccine since none of the currently available vaccines is effective against this strain.[13] The newer vaccine (brand name: Dukoral), an orally administered inactivated whole cell vaccine, appears to provide somewhat better immunity and have fewer adverse effects than the previously available vaccine.[16] This safe and effective vaccine is available for use by individuals and health personnel. Work is under way to investigate the role of mass vaccination.[17]
    Cholera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Anyone know whether it's available in the DR?

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    The specific info on the vaccine;

    "A recently developed oral vaccine for cholera is licensed and available in other countries (Dukoral from SBL Vaccines). The vaccine appears to provide somewhat better immunity and have fewer adverse effects than the previously available vaccine. However, CDC does not recommend cholera vaccines for most travelers, nor is the vaccine available in the United States." Typical American government behavior, anything that is not recommended is not available.
    CDC - Cholera: General Information - NCZVED

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    International news cables are blaming the cholera outbreak in Northern and Eastern Haiti on Vibrio cholerae strain M66-2, serotype O1, which is a particularly virulent strain of cholera. The most widely used treatment for cholera has been a single dose of tetracycline. However, it's possible that the particular infecting strain is resistant to tetracycline. Also, I find it curious to say the least, that the cholera outbreak did not start in one of the myriad refugee camps around Port au Prince, where over 1 million people survivors of the July earthquake still live.

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