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The  Public Health Ministry of Cuba reported  last week that there has been an increase in diarrhoeal illness in recent weeks. The  main province affected is Granma, with most cases reported from the municipality of Manzanillo. There have been approximately 1,000 cases, with three deaths being reported. Cholera has been isolated in 53 cases. [1]. Sanitation methods have been put in place to keep the outbreak under control.

What is Cholera?

Cholera is transmitted through contaminated water or food in areas where there is poor sanitation. The main symptoms include profuse and sudden watery diarrhoea.  Severe diarrhoea can cause dehydration. The very young, elderly and those with poor immune systems are more vunerable. Cholera can be fatal, however, with prompt fluid replacement cholera is nearly always cured.

What is my risk?

For most travellers the risk of contracting cholera is low, the cholera vaccine is only usually recommended for aid workers  travelling to remote areas or working in a disaster area or refugee camp.

All travellers should practice strict food and water hygiene:

  • Drink bottled or boiled water only.
  • Avoid ice in your drinks, unless you can be sure it comes for a safe water supply.
  • Brush your teeth with bottled water only.
  • Practice good hygiene measures – wash hands regularly.
  • Take an alcohol hand gel to use in case you can not wash your hands.
  • Consider taking a water filter bottle.
  • Salads are often washed in water – avoid eating salads if you can not be sure that the salad has been wash in safe water.
  • Avoid undercooked or raw fish, meat or shellfish.
  • Consider taking a pre- biotic such as Bimuno. These reduce your risk of travellers diarrhoea.

Reduces your risk of diarrhoeal illness

For further advice please call 01273 749100. To purchase travel products pop into the clinic or buy online.

References

1. http://www.nathnac.org/travel/news/choleras_cuba_050712.htm

 

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