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Cholera Outbreak In Haiti – Travel Warning Issued

Cholera outbreak in Haiti continues - travel warning issued to avoid Haiti if at all possible, but to take supplies with you in case of infection.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti continues - travel warning issued to avoid Haiti if at all possible, but to take supplies with you in case of infection. Patients here are given Intravenous therapy to re-hydrate them.

Since Haiti suffered an earthquake in January 2010, the United States has issued warnings to avoid travel to Haiti unless it is essential, because large numbers of people have been displaced, with more problems being due to recent flooding and a continued outbreak of cholera in Haiti which began last fall.

Due to the recent emergencies in Haiti, food is often contaminated, as is the drinking water, and as this disease is most often spread by untreated sewage, or by contamination with the feces of an infected person, the public health system in Haiti is over-strained. The disease had subsided over the drier period, but with the rainy season back, the spread of this disease is expected to be fast.

While most travelers will not be at risk for cholera, those traveling to Haiti are urged to take their own supplies to prevent the disease and to treat it, should this become necessary. These supplies include taking a prescription of antibiotics to be taken if diarrhea occurs, as well as supplies of water purification tablets, and oral re-hydration salts. The last two items can be purchased at camping and outdoor stores in the United States and Canada.

There is no vaccine available for cholera, so extra care should be taken to avoid becoming infected. This includes drinking water that is safe to drink, such as water which is bottled and has an unbroken seal, and using this safe water when brushing teeth, washing, washing food and utensils, as well as making ice.

Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and water, as should food preparation surfaces and utensils. Hand washing should occur before and after helping others, after going to the toilet, and before preparing food.

Care facilities are very strained in Haiti, and if you have to travel to Haiti, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC are recommending that you purchase medical evacuation insurance in advance, so that you can be evacuated should you become ill while you are in Haiti.

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