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Cholera in Dominican Republic (Suspected)

29 Dec 2014

Two new outbreaks, suspected to be cholera, have been reported in the provinces of San Juan and Azua in Dominican Republic. In San Juan province in the west of the country, 112 suspected cases (including 2 deaths) have been identified. In Azua province in the south of country, 8 suspected cholera cases have been identified. Laboratory confirmation is awaited for both suspected outbreaks.

Neither of these provinces reported cholera cases during 2014.

Advice for Travellers

Neither of these provinces are popular tourist destinations for UK travellers.

Cholera is considered a low risk for travellers who have access to safe drinking water and who maintain a high standard of personal hygiene and food safety.

Cholera vaccine is available for those mixing closely with the local population who cannot ensure safe water/food and a good standard of personal hygiene.