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Latino Daily News

Wednesday November 17, 2010

Haiti Cholera Spreads to Neighboring Dominican Republic

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Close sanitary monitoring aimed at preventing the spread of cholera from Haiti to the Dominican Republic (DR) has resulted in the authorities isolating the first case of the disease at a local hospital.

Public Health Minister Bautista Rojas Gomez said that there have been 12 suspected cases, of which only one has been confirmed. No locally originated cholera cases have been reported.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed the first case of cholera when Haitian national 32 year old Wilmo Louwef, who spent 12 days in Haiti before returning to the DR on Monda.

Reports are that he entered legally to the Dominican Republic. The authorities say that the patient, who works in construction in the DR, is being treated and is now recovering.

Protesters in Haiti have blamed Nepalese peacekeeping troops for bringing cholera to the country. Thus far 1,034 Haitian have died from the disease.