16 Jan 2013

Cholera in Cuba

8:41 am on 16 January 2013

Cuba has confirmed a cholera outbreak in Havana with 51 people infected.

The health ministry said source has been identified as a foodseller who caught cholera during a previous outbreak in eastern Cuba.

The outbreak was detected on 6 January. Doctors have been going house to house, checking for symptoms.

The BBC reports cafes and restaurants in the central district of Cerro are closed and only the sale of sealed food and drink is permitted.

People are being urged to take care with hygiene and in the preparation of food.

Cholera is carried by contaminated water or food. It causes severe dehydration through diarrhoea and can prove fatal if untreated.