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Latino Daily News

Saturday October 5, 2013

46 Cases of Cholera Registered in Mexico

The Pan American Health Organization included Mexico on its latest epidemiological alert for cholera after 46 cases of the disease were confirmed in the Aztec nation, including one fatality.

“The International Health Regulations National Focal Point of Mexico reported 36 new confirmed cases of autochthonous infection with Vibrio cholerae O:1 Ogawa toxigenic in the state of Hidalgo,” PAHO said.

“With the additional confirmed cholera cases, the national total is now 46, including one death; with two of the cases in the Federal District (Mexico City) and 44 in the state of Hidalgo,” the alert said.

Mexican health authorities “continue to: strengthen epidemiological activities at the national level; ensure the availability of inputs and quality of care in medical units; implement actions to ensure access to drinking water and basic sanitation at the community level; and monitor and check the chlorine levels,” PAHO said.

Cuba has not registered any new cholera cases since August and the situation has remained the same since PAHO’s previous health alert issued on Sept. 26, when 678 confirmed cases of cholera, including three deaths, were noted.

In Haiti, since the beginning of the epidemic there in October 2010 until the present, there have been 678,840 confirmed cases of cholera.

A total of 377,426 people were hospitalized in Haiti due to the disease and 8,289 died.

The Dominican Republic has registered a total of 31,021 suspected cases of cholera since the beginning of the epidemic there in November 2010, and of the people infected 456 died.

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