The Ministry of Public Health reports six new cases of cholera and another nine people are suspect of having the disease. This brings to 25 the number of cases of cholera reported in the Dominican Republic after an outbreak of the virus was detected in neighboring Haiti. The Ministry also reports 85,000 doses of the cholera vaccine will be used to inoculate people living in vulnerable areas.
Of the six cases, two are Haitian women were left interned at Felix Maria Goico public hospital, and another four are hospitalized at the Hugo Mendoza Pediatric Hospital.
Cholera vaccine is not a substitute for being careful about what you eat or drink. V. cholera is transmitted through contaminated water and food and is associated with poverty, poor hygiene, and inadequate sanitation. The disease typically begins with an acute attack of watery diarrhea and copious vomiting, rapidly followed by dehydration and in the absence of treatment, renal failure and death can occur within a matter of 3 to 4 h. About 80% of cholera episodes are of mild-to-moderate severity. Cholera usually responds to antibiotics and prompt oral rehydration salts (ORS) administration to replace lost fluids.
19 January 2023