|PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA ADVISES ON CHOLERA CASES IN CUBA|
The Ministry of Public Health in Cuba has reported an increase in the number of cases of illness with diarrhea in some areas of the country due to high temperatures and heavy rainfall. |
The province with the highest incidence is Granma, with most cases being reported from the municipality of Manzanillo.
An initial investigation revealed that some of these cases are cholera. There have now been several confirmed cases of cholera including three deaths reported in the province of Granma. The investigation is ongoing as measures of prevention and control continue to be implemented.
Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. People usually become infected from drinking or eating contaminated water or food. It is associated with watery diarrhea and rapid dehydration, which can be life-threatening.
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends practicing safe food and water precautions while in Cuba. Most travellers are at low risk.