THIS past July 2, the Ministry of
Public Health announced the presence of an outbreak
of cholera in Manzanillo municipality, Granma
province. Since then, through radio and television
stations in the province, the population has been
kept informed as to the development of the
epidemiological situation and, in particular, of the
preventative and hygienic measures to be taken.
To date, a total of 158 people are
confirmed to have the Vibrio Cholerae Tor 01
serotype Ogawa biotype, on the basis of clinical and
epidemiological assessment and laboratory cultures.
There have been no further deaths, the figure
remaining at a total of three adults, as previously
Measures taken have ensured that
this waterborne outbreak of cholera is diminishing,
without any evidence of its propagation via food or
As a result of the active
epidemiological survey system in relation to acute
diarrheal disorders typical of the summer months,
isolated cases have been diagnosed in other regions
of the country, of persons infected in Manzanillo,
who are receiving treatment, while there is no
dissemination of this epidemic outbreak.
Given this epidemiological situation,
agencies and entities involved in systematic
analysis and measures to be adopted are working in a
coordinated way, guaranteeing potable water in the
affected area, cleansing and sanitary operations, as
well as a broad education campaign for residents of
the area, who have cooperated throughout in meeting
the prescribed sanitary measures.
The need to intensify hygienic
measures is being reiterated, especially the
frequent washing of hands, drinking bottled or
boiled water, the adequate cleaning and cooking of
food, all essential aspects during the summer months.
Ministry of Public Health
July 13, 2012
Year 54 of the Revolution