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. . Sanitation methods have been put in place to keep the outbreak under control.
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.
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:
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