Sunday, February 20, 2011

Venezuela cholera outbreak contained

By Laura Huaman
In the past couple of weeks, Venezuela had a cholera outbreak which had affected 185 people by the beginning of the month. The infected individuals seem to have contracted the disease at a wedding in the Dominican Republic, which borders Haiti, a country that had experienced waterborne bacterial diseases in the past months.

The Health Minister Eugenia Sader said that "Thanks to a publicity campaign... there has not been a single case of a Venezuelan infected [in Venezuela]." As examples of the outbreak containment techniques discussed in class, the Venezuelan authorities contacted and tested everyone in the party. The government also quarantined the infected patients. Their media campaign warned citizens about the diseases and elaborated on hygiene measures. This Sunday, Sader stated that the incubation period was then over for those infected.

The original source appears to be the cholera outbreak in Haiti.


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