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SANTO DOMINGO.- As feared for weeks the first case of cholera has been detected in national territory, disease that has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in Haiti since mid October.

Public Health minister Bautista Rojas provided the information in a press conference yesterday, accompanied by Pan-American Health Organization representative in the country, Liliam Reneau-Vernon.

The victim, 32 year old Haitian Wilmo Louwe, is a construction worker who resides legally in the Dominican Republic and who entered his country on October 31, 10 days after the authorities had confirmed the epidemic in Haiti, where he had stayed until Friday.

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Written by: zooma, 17 Nov 2010 7:58 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

The border should be sealed or at minimum everyone crossing the border should be screened. However, in this real world a few pesos will buy a look in the other direction.

The country is so corrupt, that closing the border would interrupt the drug traffic and they can't hinder that.

God help us !
Written by: generoso, 17 Nov 2010 8:04 AM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
There are two things we CAN do:
1. Feel sorry for ourselves and get pessimistic and negative about our fate and leave things as they are, and remain with a porous border. This is the fatalistic approach.
2. Nip the problem in the bud, by taking urgent measures including mobilization of armed forces to the border, rounding up all Haitians and testing them for communicable diseases, and deporting those with an illegal status.
Many have been warning that this was a very serious matter that could set us back profusely, and injure our nation immensely.
Time to act is now.
Written by: Ricardolito, 17 Nov 2010 8:04 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
The article does not say whether this man is alive or dead ..hopefully alive but probably was living in squalid conditions in the DR as well as in Haiti
Written by: generoso, 17 Nov 2010 8:24 AM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****

What does it matter if he is alive or dead, or living under squalid conditions? Ricardolito constant fault finding, seems like a trait passed down by the antichrist.
This sorry event maybe the spark that starts a French style revolution in Haiti, as the Haitians are blaming the UN peacekeepers and rioting en masse. Dominicans can not fall asleep on this one.
Written by: generoso, 17 Nov 2010 8:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****

Although the UN is trying to defuse the situation, and acting in self preservation mode, by avoiding the publication of the undeniable evidence about the source of the cholera, this just in from an independent French news source:
"US Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that the cholera strain now ravaging the entire island matched a type specific to South Asia".
They don't want to get public with this admission to incite further violence.
The fuse to the explosion of the Haitian powder keg has been lit, now it is just a question of time.
Gather all the women and children, and run for your life!
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 17 Nov 2010 8:45 AM
From: United States
Generoso, you don't seriously beleive the UN is responsible for this cholera outbreak. If you do, then you are on the same wavelenght as ricadolito who is a paid PLD writer.
Written by: generoso, 17 Nov 2010 9:02 AM
From: Dominican Republic, ****Raise your words, not your voice. Rain grows food, not thunder.****
JimHarrington
Do your research before you put your foot in your mouth. The mounting evidence is clear and has been certified by the US center for disease control. The particular cholera strain found in Haiti was matched to Southeast Asia, as suspected. There was no previous cholera in Haiti whatsoever. There is still more incriminating evidence, that points to the Nepalese UN soldiers that arrived in October 2010.
Written by: matador, 17 Nov 2010 9:08 AM
From: United States, www.brugal-ron.com/home.php
Is all Leonel F, fault.
Written by: telemeco, 17 Nov 2010 9:15 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Monte Plata
Just way,,,,when the pocket of the rich start to get short on cash because all the tourist will cancel fly to DR them you will see the border shut and tights...

Remenber what happen to Mexico after an epidemic broke over there, you could stay in cancun for 5 day for 285 dollar.
Written by: Vivacuba, 17 Nov 2010 9:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic
US and UN placed it in the vaccines. They hate the overpopulation. First earthquake, now cholera. What's next for poor Haiti?
Written by: ElSuavecito, 17 Nov 2010 9:47 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago de los 30 Caballeros


Written by: Vivacuba, 17 Nov 2010 9:42 AM
From: Dominican Republic
US and UN placed it in the vaccines. They hate the overpopulation. First earthquake, now cholera. What's next for poor Haiti?



People say stupid things and operate outside of their area of expertise.LOL.
Written by: DONT_BE_SILENT, 17 Nov 2010 10:31 AM
From: Dominican Republic, NEVER FORGOTTEN, NOR FORSAKEN!
This could be us soon if we continue to look the other way:
http://www.listindiario.com.do/la....lma-ante-disturbios-por-el-colera
Written by: xwill7, 17 Nov 2010 10:57 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Not good for people visiting in navidad.... Drink Presidente only 24/7
Written by: HaitianDominicanPuertorican, 17 Nov 2010 11:23 AM
From: Puerto Rico, United States, HAITI, Puerto Rico
Nepal had various cholera outbreaks this summer, soon as the nepalese UN troops arrived, a few days later Haiti started getting cholera outbreaks. The UN won't admit that they caused the outbreaks because this would destroy their global image and on top of that cause widespread protests and violence and they would not be able to contain 10 million angry Haitians no matter, no matter how well they are armed. The Tainos have used that water supply, the Haitians also, for decades and decades and decades have used their water supply and have not got cholera. Everyone knows its the UN's fault. They have put Haiti, DR, Jamaica, PR, and the whole region in jeopardy. They should be held accountable.
Written by: Ricardolito, 17 Nov 2010 11:33 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
generoso ,,,surely you can see if the man is dead and was not in contact with others it is less of a threat than if he is alive.
Are you really trying to start violence in Haiti based on the false information that a peacekeeper from Nepal was to blame .all Nepalese peacekeepers have tested negative ...I can understand that you like to write comments that attract popular support but there has to be some responsibility also
.
Written by: WalterPolo, 17 Nov 2010 11:56 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Puerto Plata
Pharmacies and clinicas will make a killing!

People will stock up on salts and antibiotics just in case and rush to the the doctor at first fart..

Not unlike the A H1N1 supposed epidemic.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:04 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
The man in question has been identified and his name is in the press. He was on a 12 day visit to Haiti and after returning via Bus from Haiti.

"The man was a Haitian citizen who had recently returned from a 12-day trip in neighboring Haiti. The news alarmed Dominicans, but health officials say the spread of the disease is easily prevented with good hygiene and sanitation. No locally originated cholera cases have been reported." NPR News
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:09 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
El ministro de Salud Pública, Bautista Rojas Gómez, reveló ayer que detectaron en el territorio nacional a un haitiano que se infectó de cólera en su país, pero que se encuentra ingresado y en buen estado de salud en un centro médico privado de Higuey, en la provincia La Altagracia.

Se trata de Wilmo Louwes, de 32 años, de nacionalidad haitiana, quien se desempeña como trabajador de la construcción y que contrajo la afección luego de pasar una estadía en Haití, y regresar el viernes al país.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:12 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
“A las 4:05 de la tarde de hoy -ayer-, logramos tipificar el tipo de la cepa, que es la misma que está circulando en Haití. El paciente se ha manejado con el protocolo, tenemos el equipo nuestro allá (en Higu¨ey), se han tomado todas las medidas de bioseguridad, se ha hecho todo el trayecto que hizo el paciente y el autobús en que viajó ya fue localizado”, explicó. A seguidas añadió que “afortunadamente” el autobús es de los que tienen instalaciones sanitarias, lo que permite que los residuos vayan a un séptico que no se conecta con el alcantarillado y se están aplicando pruebas en ese mismo escenario.

Saludable
Rojas Gómez significó que las seis de la tarde de ayer el paciente haitiano estaba en perfecta condición.

“Mañana (hoy), a las 10:00 de la mañana se tendrá el antibiograma, que es lo que ayuda a determinar qué antibiótico usar y es el antibiótico que va a negativizar al paciente”, precisó.


Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:15 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Informó que Louwes tuvo síntomas en el trayecto, caracterizados por vómitos y diarrea, se chequeó en un centro de salud no identificado del Distrito Nacional, como no era una diarrea muy profusa, posteriormente fue dado de alta y al día siguiente, sábado, llegó a Higu¨ey, donde lo ingresaron en un establecimiento de salud, “y por el sistema de vigilancia que tenemos, en el que hay que notificar todos los casos de diarrea, en establecimientos públicos y privados, la clínica fue visitada por nuestro epidemiólogo y si bien no era un caso muy típico y ya a la mañana de hoy (ayer) había empezado a crecer una colonia de bacterias, con las características parecidas a las del virus del cólera”.
Written by: Freedom, 17 Nov 2010 12:17 PM
From: United States
HaitianDominicanPuertorican

The UN won't admit that they caused the outbreaks because this would destroy their global image and on top of that cause widespread protests
____________________________________________________________________

Oh God help us all and now the UN wants to help with DR school breakfast program.

Yeah from what I'm starting to see, they really want to depopulated this island. How the hell you going to send soldiers from a country that had an outbreak of the same strain of cholera to a country that does not currently have a good sanitation system due to the earthquake.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:28 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Freedom,

I can not imagine ANY reason worth its salt to think that the UN would intentionally allow this to happen. If in fact the UN wanted to de-populate the island, and here I would assume you mean the Haitian side, correct me if I'm wrong, there were many other ways to achieve the same result without the mass violence and killings that have happened. Your theory is not well thought out and gives a highly inflammatory edge to the on-goings in Haiti.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:38 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Ricardolito,

You are having a difficult time in squaring that circle. While you like to express opinions about the nature of the Cholera epidemic and have stated that the strain was not brought into Haiti by the troops from Nepal. You have never produced one shred of evidence that conclusively states what you assume to be the truth. From my readings of this Cholera epidemic, no one can flatly reject the proposition that this Cholera was not unintentionally released into the environment through poor waste management. There are pictures depicting the poor sanitary conditions in which the human waste of the Nepalese troops was managed and the dumping of said un-treated ? waste into the Artibonite river system. Given the mis-management of so many areas of life in Haiti, isn't it possible that the perception of events is not so off the mark? Of course, if you happen to have real evidence to the contrary please give us your sources. "Tapar el sol con un dedo" will not do!
Written by: ranaru, 17 Nov 2010 12:38 PM
From: United States
@ Atabey:

Their intentions were never to get caught. All evidence points to the UN. I guess you are wholly unaware of the true motives of the UN and their actions in Haiti for the 6 plus yeas they've been occupying the country.


And since the DR has already sold their sovereignty to the so-called international community, there would be no need to target the DR side.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 12:45 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Ranaru,

Again this is merely Conspiratorial theories galore. I find it highly unlikely that the UN would be subjecting the poor people of Haiti AND its staff and personnel to such a risky and let's get with it, nonsensical, ill-serving scheme! Why on earth do it? It makes no sense Dude. If the UN and others wanted Haiti de-populated they would have jumped at the Senegalese offer and expanded it. That makes far more sense. This is a time for calm reflection not misguided Conspiratorial theories. This could weave a terrible calamity, even greater than what is now happening in Haiti. People need to be prudent now. Please reflect.
Written by: Ricardolito, 17 Nov 2010 12:50 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Atabey ,,,it has been reported world wide on various media outlets that the Nepalese were tested for the cholera bacteria and found not to have it ..I have no reason to disbelieve the UN officials in Haiti .
Now, some how someone has brought in the cholera strain from outside but it could have been anyone but even if that person arrived with cholera it need the unhygenic conditions for the disease to spread qas cholera is a water borne disease.
Written by: Ricardolito, 17 Nov 2010 1:11 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
Atabey ,,,you can check your news sources but it is now reported that the pit where the waste water from the UN,including the Nepalese contingent, was placed was clorine saturated regularly and has also tested negative to the cholera bacteria .
it has also been widely reported that much of the trouble is being stirred up by the local mayor who is running in the forthcoming elections and is wanting all the publicity he can muster .
However no matter how you look at it , cholera had perfect conditions to take hold when faeces were being mixed with drinking , cooking and washing water throughout the country but especially after the recent heavy rains
Written by: VeronicaDR, 17 Nov 2010 1:12 PM
From: United States
I believe it is possible a UN worker carried the cholera aware from their home country. Regardless of how it got there is not important dealing with treating the problem is what is important now. Our corruption at the border is going to allow this disease to easily make it across the border. I am surprised it took so long. I would guess there is plenty more cases we have no idea about. With this first case now public watch how fast it spreads. This is a very contagious disease and people need to take steps to stop it from spreading.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 1:23 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Ricardolito,

There are calls for an independent review of the evidence. Also, what can we say about the gross UNDER-Counting of the epidemic so far? It makes you wonder what else the authorities would do to stem the perception of this epidemic. Look at the Health Ministry numbers and compare them with the numbers from Doctors without Borders. Can you see WHY many people are having a difficult time accepting the figures from the "Authorities"? There is a serious lack of credibility on the part of the government/UN.

"Aid workers say the government's numbers may understate the epidemic. While the health ministry says more than 16,700 people have been hospitalized nationwide, Doctors Without Borders says its clinics alone have treated at least 16,500.

Health experts have called for an independent investigation into whether Nepalese peacekeepers introduced the South Asian strain of cholera to Haiti, where no case of cholera had ever been documented before late October."
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 1:32 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Also, this violence is in a significant way being fueled by the perceived tardiness and lack of positive developments along several fronts since the tragic earthquake of January. All these grievances and others, no doubt personal and ambitious, have created a humongous cancerous swamp that is driving events in Haiti, for good or bad. This is the great task: how to stem and turn back this noxious mix before it consumes in flames many good and innocent people. Haitians are being treated but go back to unsanitary and vermin infested, muddy areas with poor sanitary conditions.

"Cholera is transmitted by feces and can be all but prevented if people have access to safe drinking water and regularly wash their hands.

But sanitary conditions don't exist in much of Haiti, and the disease has spread across the countryside and to nearly all the country's major population centers, including Port-au-Prince. There are concerns it could eventually sicken hundreds of thousands of people."
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 1:41 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
People are told to wash with soap and water, BUT have, in too many cases, neither soap nor potable water in which to do it!! That's the great travesty. People don't have the means to buy themselves soap and water. In too many cases, People are treated and go back relatively healthy, but again find themselves with a good chance of once again coming down with a disease of some kind or other. Their "homes" and environment being a breeding ground for maladies. The UN and other organizations, governments are paying the price for their lack of urgency at the start of the relieve effort back in January. The planning and RESOURCES were much TOO few and the Planning and CONSTRUCTION TOO SLOW to merit much confidence. The end results we are now seeing. Tragic yes,but given the gross failure to execute by the authorities, a more than higher chance outcome.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 2:42 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--


BY FRANCES ROBLES
frobles@MiamiHerald.com

Health authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed the nation's first case of cholera, just says after the government took drastic steps to limit border traffic with Haiti, where an epidemic has taken more than 1,000 lives.

A 32-year-old Haitian man who works construction in the Dominican Republic and visited his homeland for a two-week vacation returned Friday vomitting and with diarrhea, Health Minister Bautista Rojas said at a press conference Tuesday evening.

The man, identified as Wilmo Lowes, is in stable condition at a hospital in Higüey, in eastern Dominican Republic, Rojas said.

``He went to a health center in the capital on Friday. It wasn't a very strong case of diarrhea, so he was released the next day,'' Rojas said.

``In light of the fact that his illness was light, he decided to continue to his final destination, Higüey.''

When he arrived there he was hospitalized again and the cholera was confirmed.
Written by: Atabey, 17 Nov 2010 2:43 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

The man was in Haiti from Oct. 31 until Friday, when he traveled by bus from Haiti back to the Dominican Republic, sending authorities scrambling to determine whether he could have contaminated anyone along the way, press reports said.

Twelve other suspected cases were tested but turned out negative. One person had salmonella poisoning and others suffered from routine diarrhea, according to a Health Ministry statement.

Three more cases were confirmed on the Haiti side of the border, according to press reports.

The Dominican government had already taken measures to limit border crossings in Dajabón, where a chaotic market takes place twice a week. Haitian merchants regularly cross the border to the Dominican border town and sale their wares.

The market was closed for several days while authorities determined how best to contain the number of Haitians visiting Dajabón.

Written by: HaitianDominicanPuertorican, 18 Nov 2010 2:01 AM
From: Puerto Rico, United States, HAITI, Puerto Rico
I can't imagine what the Haitians in Haiti, especially the lower class, poor citizens have been through. They should have just been left alone, I have no respect for United Nations. DR, don't let UN troops into your country, don't know what these foreigners have. Let us pray for the best.
Written by: Atabey, 18 Nov 2010 11:45 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Ricardolito,

Please explain this.

Swedish diplomat says Haiti cholera strain came from Nepal

Nov 17, 2010, 12:18 GMT

Stockholm - A Swedish diplomat said categorically Wednesday that a cholera outbreak in Haiti had originated in Nepal.

More than 1,000 people have died of the disease since its outbreak on October 19, with another 16,000 infected, and there have been violent protests at UN peace-keeping forces blamed by locals for the cholera
.

'Unfortunately that is the case. It has proved that the cholera came from Nepal,' Claes Hammar, Sweden's ambassador to Haiti, told daily Svenska Dagbladet.

Hammar said the information came from 'a diplomatic source. It is 100 per cent true. Tests were made and the source was traced to Nepal.'

Hammar visited Haiti two weeks ago.

On Tuesday the Nepalese army charges that its peacekeepers were responsible for the cholera outbreak - a day after they were involved in clashes with demonstrators there.

Written by: Atabey, 18 Nov 2010 11:47 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Here's the link:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/46112/
Written by: DRmaker, 18 Nov 2010 8:01 PM
From: Canada, North Coast DR
VeronicaDR

"I believe it is possible a UN worker carried the cholera aware from their home country. Regardless of how it got there is not important dealing with treating the problem is what is important now. Our corruption at the border is going to allow this disease to easily make it across the border. I am surprised it took so long. I would guess there is plenty more cases we have no idea about. With this first case now public watch how fast it spreads. This is a very contagious disease and people need to take steps to stop it from spreading."


Thanks, VeronicaDR.

I always like reading your rational, level-headed comments.
Written by: DRmaker, 18 Nov 2010 8:06 PM
From: Canada, North Coast DR
Vivacuba

"US and UN placed it in the vaccines. They hate the overpopulation. First earthquake, now cholera. What's next for poor Haiti?"


What is your problem, Vivacuba?

Nothing you post ever makes the least remote of sense.
Written by: DRmaker, 18 Nov 2010 8:11 PM
From: Canada, North Coast DR
Xwill7

"Not good for people visiting in navidad.... Drink Presidente only 24/7"


At christmas time visitors will be drinking Presidente 24/7, outbreak or no outbreak.
Written by: DRmaker, 18 Nov 2010 8:16 PM
From: Canada, North Coast DR

"The man in question has been identified and his name is in the press. He was on a 12 day visit to Haiti and after returning via Bus from Haiti"

I know some Haitians in the D.R. that return to Haiti for christmas. They may think twice about going back for this x-mas. They may not be able to re-enter the D.R. if stricter border controls are enforced.
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