Photo: Cholera in Dominican Republic
U.S. travelers to Dominican Republic be warned, there is an outbreak of cholera, the bacterial disease that can cause diarrhea and dehydration, that continues.
The cholera outbreak started in November, 2010 and remains unabated. As of February, 2013 there are 708 new cases and 10 cholera suspected deaths reported. Since the beginning of the outbreak nearly 8,000 suspected cases have been reported to the Dominican Ministry of Health.
The risk of cholera for travelers to the Dominican Republic is likely very low if precautions are taken. American tourists are urged to travel with an antibiotic prescription, water purification tablets and oral rehydration salts. Tourists are also urged to drink bottled water and/or purified water.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, where a cholera epidemic that began nearly three years ago has claimed over 7,500 lives.