Cholera related travel advisory remains in effect

POSTED: 06/12/12 12:39 PM

St. Maarten – Collective Preventive Services (CPS) announced Monday that it continues surveillance for cholera and maintains its travel advisory for persons traveling to Hispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic). The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an epidemiological alert last month seeking the cooperation of Central American and Caribbean countries to step up efforts to detect outbreaks and to implement intervention actions to reduce cholera spread determinants. Due to the start of the rainy season in the aforementioned geographical areas, there is an increased risk of transmission for various diseases, including cholera.

People traveling to Hispanola during school summer holiday are advised to take preventive measures while vacationing in either in Haiti or the Dominican Republic. They should ensure to take vital precautions like hygienic food preparation, boiling or purifying all water and washing hands often with soap and clean water.

Family physicians are requested to be on alert and report any cholera symptoms to CPS to ensure proper case management and follow up according to World Health Organization International Health Regulations 2005.

CPS continues to monitor for any trend of acute diarrhea diseases with an emphasis on adults, immediately notifies the World Health Organization of all suspected cases and investigates all suspected cases and clusters and laboratory confirmation of all suspected cases.

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