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The Dominican Republic Ministry of Public Health through the Vice Ministry of Collective Health and its General Directorate of Epidemiology and the Directorate of Risk Management, reports the appearance of eleven cases of acute diarrhea, suspected of cholera, corresponding to four male and seven female patients, ranging in age from 2 to 82 years, all of Haitian nationality, residents of the Los Cocos community, in Enriquillo Barahona.


The patients, including children and adults, are stable, admitted to the Jaime Mota de Barahona and Enriquillo hospitals, where they were hydrated and medicated with the corresponding treatment, achieving their stability; Subsequently, stool samples were taken and sent to the Dr. Defillo National Laboratory, where the results are expected in 48 to 72 hours, to confirm or rule out suspected cholera.

The epidemiological report of the Provincial Health Directorate, to date, notifies that in this very recently created community an epidemiological fence was immediately intervened, for the active search for cases of diarrhea or suspected cholera, as well as the application of antidiarrheal drugs. and planning in the next 24 days of vaccination against cholera, in people who are asymptomatic.

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Similarly, the National Institute of Potable Water and Sewerage (INAPA) closed the water intake for consumption, to be subjected to potability tests, and installed permanent trucks for the residents’ use of water.

The Health agency reported that so far it has no evidence or reports of deaths from officially notified cases of cholera. At the same time, it maintains permanent surveillance throughout the area where the diarrheal outbreak was currently registered to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Ministry of Public Health urged the population not to be alarmed and to remain attentive to the reports that are issued.