Relatives from Haiti brought the cholera to U.S.
In the U.S. state of Florida recorded cases of cholera. The disease was diagnosed in a woman who recently traveled to Haiti to visit family.
To date, the woman was treated in a Florida hospital and was discharged. Her condition is good.
“We are working with our health care partners to ensure appropriate care of this individual and prevent the spread of this disease within the community,” Florida Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros said in a written statement. Florida authorities will “continue to monitor the state for any future cases,” she added.
“This case is not unexpected and we’re likely to see more imported cases of cholera in people who travel back from Haiti to the United States,” said Tom Skinner, spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. “Our medical system, as well as our water and sanitation programs, are such that we are not going to see cholera spreading in the United States the way it is in Haiti.”
Florida’s Department of Health also noted that the superior U.S. infrastructure minimizes the risk for fecal contamination of food and water, limiting the potential spread of the disease.
Over the past five years in the U.S. were reported 44 cases of cholera.
As newsamen reported earlier, cases of cholera reported in the Dominican Republic. Dominican authorities have tightened security border with Haiti to prevent the penetration of the refugees.
The cholera epidemic broke out in the Republic of Haiti at the end of October 2010. According to recent reports, the disease killed more than 1100 people in the country, more than 18,000 infected.
- Fla. Woman Contracts Cholera After Haiti Trip- Life in Post-Earthquake Haiti – Cholera Spreads to Dominican Republic (foxnews.com)
- Cholera confirmed in traveler from Haiti to Fla. (dailycaller.com)
- Cholera confirmed in traveler from Haiti to Fla. (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Florida woman diagnosed with cholera (cnn.com)
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