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03 September 2012 09:50
Cuba's cholera outbreak has been eradicated, health officials have announced
Cuba's first outbreak of cholera for more than a century has been eradicated, the country's health ministry has announced. An outbreak of the water-borne illness was reported in July in the eastern part of Cuba where 417 people were infected.
Medics are not sure how the bacterial infection of the small intestine, which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting, was reintroduced to Cuba but believe flooding from heavy rains into drinking wells caused its rapid spread. Despite the latest development, holidaymakers heading to Cuba in the coming weeks are still advised to arrange
medical travel insurance before visiting the island.
Hospitals near the centre of the outbreak initially struggled to cope with the influx of patients with the disease. Julio Cesar Fonseca Rivero, director of the Celia Sanchez Manduley Hospital in Granma Province, said: "They started coming in a few at a time. The first day five came, and then eight. The most critical days were when there were 30 to 32 patients who arrived in a single day."
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
13 January 2017
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.
31 December 2016
Budget airline Norwegian has said it will launch ultra-low cost flights for as little at £56 to New York as it ramps up the pressure on its rivals.
30 December 2016
Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their paintings, new research suggests.
29 December 2016
A positive outlook for the UK travel industry is being tempered by uncertainty over the economy, according to a new report.