When it was believed that cholera had been eradicated in Cuba because it had not been diagnosed for more than 100 years, this summer a new outbreak of this disease has been detected, and 257 cases have been identified and three people have died due to its cause in the province of Granma.
Although the information offered by the Cuban government in this regard is somewhat confused - probably because of the fear of the repercussions that the epidemic could have on tourism - and it is not known with certainty how many people have already contracted the infection, the outbreak was detected on the last month of June in the town of Manzanillo, located 900 kilometers from Havana, and was communicated by the health authorities of the country on July 29.
The international health authorities remind that the same precautions that are usually taken to prevent traveler's diarrhea also serve to prevent cholera
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is following the evolution of the epidemic in Cuba, as well as another outbreak that has occurred in the Dominican Republic, and that has affected at least 300 people.
Specialists of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona have warned of the danger to the people who are going to move to Cuba, so that they adopt the opportune preventive measures with which they can avoid the contagion of this infectious disease, that is transmitted due to waters contaminated with fecal residues that they infect water and food.
The international health authorities recall that the same precautions that are usually taken to avoid traveler's diarrhea They also serve to prevent cholera. These measures consist of always consuming bottled water -using it even to wash your teeth-, and not eating raw foods or those that do not offer guarantees of having been prepared in proper hygienic conditions, as well as washing your hands frequently.