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Cholera identified in Cuban capital

12 July 2012 09:58

Cuba has suffered a Cholera outbreak

Cuba has suffered a Cholera outbreak

Fears that an outbreak of cholera in Cuba could spread further have been heightened after reports claimed a patient in the country's capital of Havana was diagnosed with the infection.

The rare outbreak started in the south-eastern town of Manzanillo, with more than 50 people becoming infected and about a thousand receiving medical attention after locals drank water from contaminated wells.

Authorities say the outbreak is under control but four hospitals have said they are prepared to isolate patients.

The source of the cholera is yet to be identified. However, one theory is that it may have come from Haiti, with hundreds of medical professionals from south-east Cuba having worked there following a devastating earthquake in 2010.

The outbreak highlights the importance of medical cover for travellers. People travelling with a medical condition can get great value cover from World First with its pre-existing medical travel insurance.