Cholera in Guantanamo, Cuba
H5N1, an infectious disease and public health blog, translates a report from Hablemos Press in Cuba on another outbreak of Cholera on the island:
Cuba: Alarm over cholera in Guantánamo
Via Hablemos Press, a big story: Alarma por cólera en Guantánamo; visita del ministro de Salud Pública.[Alarm over cholera in Guantanamo; visit from the Minister of Public Health] I tried to post a translation of almost the whole story, and TypePad couldn't handle it. So here is an English summary. I don't know how PAHO and WHO will respond to it.Guantanamo province has 206 cholera cases and 475 dengue cases, over 100 of them "code red." Other eastern provinces, including Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba and Holguin, are also contending with serious cholera outbreaks. The whole province of Guantanamo may be quarantined; many individual town already have been.
Local sources says health officials are cleaning doorknobs in schools and stores and workplaces, and handing out soap for hand washing. Police and State Security agents are guarding the cholera wards in health centres and hospitals to keep news about the patients from getting out.
In Ernesto Guevara Hospital in Las Tunas, over 20 serious cases have been taken to an observation ward, again under police guard. A local school sent 12 of its pupils to hospital with cholera.
In Santiago de Cuba, over 50 cholera cases are in Ambrosio Grillo Hospital; the towns of La Maya and San Luis have confirmed over 200 cases in recent weeks. In Holguin province, at least 15 cases have been mentioned by independent sources in three towns.