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Santo Domingo.- The Public Health Ministry said four new cases of cholera were confirmed yesterday, two in Hato del Yaque, Santiago, one in Comendador, Elías Piña , and another in Loma de Cabrera, Dajabón, and now total 32 around the country.

An adolescent of 13; a woman, 63, and two men, 19 and 49 are the latest cases, who are all in good health and under medical care.

Public Health said it intensifies prevention and a strict vigilance nationwide, mostly in the provinces which have reported the most cases and urged all citizens to abide by the officially recommended hygiene measures.

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Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 13 Dec 2010 9:12 AM
From: United States
Checkmate, here we go. I sound like an old record however demand that the DR government clean up its streams, rivers, estuaries and lakes of fecal coliform. It promotes cholera once it sets a firm foot into the population.
Written by: matador, 13 Dec 2010 9:13 AM
From: United States,
how about less talk and more action. Start the clean up.
Written by: Atabey, 13 Dec 2010 10:15 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
The international Community and the Big Donors should make available significant funds for the construction of the waste water treatment plants, sewage systems, potable water systems throughout the island. I know this is not possible to construct in a short period of time, but a massive undertaking needs to commence soon to control the spread of the pathogen. Until adequate clean water and proper treatment of sewage is secured on both sides of the island, we will have problems. The instability in the Haiti does little to calm the waters of this growing menace.

Dr. Farmer, a leading expert, has suggested that Cholera vaccination pills should be considered to help stem the spread on the island of Hispaniola. "On December 3, Farmer convened a teleconference on the cholera question. It included 80 of the world's leading cholera experts and public health heavy-hitters, including Dr. Jon Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization.
Written by: Atabey, 13 Dec 2010 10:16 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Andrus had been among those reluctant to deploy cholera vaccination in the the current Caribbean outbreak. Why? Not enough vaccine, not enough resources, and too distracting from the urgent tasks of treating cholera victims.

But Andrus has reconsidered. He's now convinced that cholera vaccination should be seriously considered. Late next week, he plans an emergency meeting of experts at PAHO.

Still, it's far from clear how this will work out. Farmer says he understands there may be a couple million doses of cholera vaccine in manufacturer's vats. If so, that wouldn't go very far on an island that contains nearly 20 million people between Haiti and the Dominican Republic — even allowing for the fact that you don't have to vaccinate everybody to reduce cholera transmission."

The conversation is getting a lot of attention because this epidemic could potentially spread into Central America, as well as the other islands of the Caribbean according to the experts.
Written by: PatDiamond, 13 Dec 2010 11:03 AM
From: Botswana, La reconnaissance est une lachete'
According to NPR while the Dominican government declared only 28 cases, there are 208 case under study around the country scatter in different rural areas and the slums of SD. Consider how this virus was Introduced to the island I do believed it should be a mandate for the UN to do what is necessary to contain the situation.

Sidenote- According to the scientific journals this strain is so deadly it can kills within 2 hours.
Written by: Ricardolito, 13 Dec 2010 11:35 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
well said Pat ,,,the strain is so deadly that in the 32 cases it has killed no one !!!
Jim ,,if you do not know what are recommended hygene practices , maybe you will come down with the disease your self ..but apart from you everyone knows to drink only clean water , to eat food cooked in clean water and to avoid eating raw vegetables or fruit which you do not peel ...
Written by: JimHarrington This user is banned, 13 Dec 2010 11:37 AM
From: United States
Let me answer my question of what ar the recommended hygiene methods in the DR.

the PLD and government response is ignore the facts and lie if caught.
Written by: VeronicaDR, 13 Dec 2010 1:26 PM
From: United States
I haven't heard of any deaths on the DR side related to cholera as of yet so I will continue believing everyone has been treated and is doing well. As I have said previously it is going to be difficult to keep it from spreading on our side of the island because of so many pockets of extreme poverty with no good sanitation.
Written by: Avaro, 13 Dec 2010 6:06 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Ensanche Ozama
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