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Cholera in Dominican Republic (Update 1)

11 July 2011

With the arrival of the rainy season the number of suspected cholera cases had risen to 10 760 after 1014 new cases were registered in the last week. The health ministry has strengthened measures to prevent the further spread of infection.

Advice for Travellers

Cholera is spread by the faecal-oral route. It is mainly contracted by drinking contaminated water or eating seafood, especially shellfish. An oral vaccine is available which may be appropriate in travellers unable to access bottled or adequately chlorinated drinking water. Travellers to the Dominican Republic should discuss their possible risk with their pre-travel advisor who can advise on the use of the vaccine. All travellers should practise strict food and water hygiene and wash their hands frequently, especially before eating.