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Latino Daily News

Tuesday November 23, 2010

Dominican Republic’s Cholera Cases Increase While Travel Ban to Island being Considered by Some

A 20-year old Dominican has been diagnosed with cholera, the fourth confirmed case in the country, where protective measures against the disease are reaching epic proportions. In Haiti, the epidemic has taken more than 1,300 lives so far.

The first case involved a Haitian worker who picked up the disease during a visit to his country. Later, a 55-year old woman and her granddaughter, who had never been to Haiti but live near a polluted river were also diagnosed. For now, all those infected are out of danger. Yesterday, the Ministries of Public Health and Education began a national education program on the disease.

In spite of a closed border with Haiti and numerous protective measures many countries are deciding whether to ban travel to the island.

Russia’s sanitary watchdog will decide this week on whether to temporarily ban Russians from traveling to the Dominican Republic.  Almost 48,000 Russian tourists visited the Dominican Republic in January-September, up 54.5 percent from the same period last year.