49 treated for cholera in San Cristobal
Santo Domingo.- Two pregnant women are hospitalized with cholera in the Juan Pablo Pina Hospital in San Cristóbal, where 49 patients have been treated for the disease over the past few days.
This cholera outbreak that has forced the health authorities to use the hospital chapel to accommodate patients.
Verónica Peña, 21, who is 38 weeks pregnant, was admitted on Sunday in a state of critical dehydration, but was stable by yesterday.
Johanny Germán, 25, is two months pregnant and is also in a stable condition. According to the health authorities, the outbreak was caused by a serious contamination that affected the neighbourhoods of Los Molinas, Las Flores, Puerto Rico, Barrio Nuevo and 5 de Abril, as there is a lot of waste in the Yubazo River.
The director of the Juan Pablo Pina Hospital, Miguel Geraldino, blamed the outbreak on drinking water sold from tankers, which according to him becomes contaminated when it is poorly handled by the distributors.
He said that since Saturday 18 August 25 men and 24 women have been admitted with cholera symptoms, but that so far no deaths have been registered.
Geraldino said that the ages of the patients ranges from less than one year to over 65.
He said that yesterday three more patients arrived and that five are hospitalized.
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