The Ministry of Public Health alerted to the second reported case of cholera in the country, a four-year old Haitian child. Epidemiologist Francisca Kasse said the child is stable, in good spirits and has an appetite. The child has not had a bowel movement in the past 24 hours. The Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health confirmed the case on Monday, 21 November.
The minor had entered the country on Friday, 18 November through Dajabón. The child was admitted to the Padre Fantino hospital in Montecristi. He had come from Port-au-Prince, Haiti where he had experienced symptoms of the disease for two days.
Upon arrival at the hospital, the patient presented watery and whitish diarrhea, vomiting, dry mouth, weak pulse and drowsiness. He was immediately hydrated and stabilized, then a stool sample was taken and tested positive for cholera yesterday, Sunday, 20 November 2022.
The Provincial Health Directorate of Monte Cristi carried out the epidemiological surveillance with close relatives, determining that the minor only resides with his parents, who so far have no symptoms of the disease.
The first case of cholera in the country was reported this year in La Altagracia, also to a recently-arrived Haitian national.
The Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MISPAS) continues working on the preventive alert for this disease, implementing actions for the early detection of cases, through the activation of response mechanisms to act in case of a suspected case with the local institutions.
The recommended hygiene measures are:
Consume well-cooked food and beverages prepared with potable water.
Protect water from possible means of infection and in all cases boil it before consumption.
Wash hands frequently before consuming food and after using the toilet.
Go to the nearest health center in case of acute diarrhea.
Report the occurrence of cases to the Public Health authorities.
22 November 2022