PAHO fears cholera has spread to American continent
Washington.– The cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti three years ago and spread to the Dominican Republic and Cuba has reportedly begun to penetrate the American continent.
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), up until last week, 171 cases of the infectious disease have been reported in Mexico while outbreaks have occurred in Venezuela and Chile.
PAHO officials have warned that cholera could spread across the Americas and become a major global threat. From September 8 to October 18, Mexican health officials reported 171 confirmed cases, including one death, from cholera.
Since a cholera epidemic broke out in Mexico in the 1990′s, no new cases had been reported until this year. However, this strain is different from the previous one and presents high similarity with the strain that is currently circulating in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, the PAHO said in a bulletin.
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