Cuba Keeps Taking Epidemiological Actions against Cholera Outbreak
Havana, July 14 (RHC) Preventive and hygienic measures adopted by Cuban health authorities have made it possible for the water-transmitted epidemic outbreak to be giving way, with no evidence of cholera spread by food or any other source in the Manzanillo municipality, eastern Granma province.
An article in Granma daily newspaper on Saturday explains that last July 2, the Public Health Ministry informed of a cholera outbreak in Manzanillo, over 800 kilometers east of the capital Havana. Since then, the population in that territory has been updated, through the local radio and TV stations, about the development of the epidemiological situation and particularly about preventive and hygienic measures to be taken.
Up to date—the article explains—158 citizens have proven positive to the Vibrio Cholerae O1 Tor enterotoxigenic Ogawa serotype, following clinical, epidemiological analysis and lab tests. No new deaths have occurred more than the three adults reported earlier in an official note by the Health Ministry, reads the article.
As a result of the epidemiological surveillance of acute diarrhea, which usually occurs in the summer season, some isolated cases have been diagnosed in other Cuban regions related to people that got infected in Manzanillo. These cases were appropriately treated and studied, and there is no spread of this epidemic outbreak, the article points out.
Given the current epidemiological situation, the corresponding state agencies and entities are jointly working in a systematic analysis and adopting necessary measures like the supply of chlorinated drinking water in the affected areas, taking sanitation and hygienic actions and implementing an education campaign for the population, which has been cooperative all the time by abiding by all the hygienic indications.
The Cuban Public Health Ministry called on the population to intensify all hygienic measures, the article concludes.