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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."
26 October 2016
People could be at a bigger risk of having high blood pressure if their home is close to a busy road, research has suggested.
25 October 2016
Almost 200 ill youngsters have been given the chance to enjoy a holiday of a lifetime thanks to the annual Dreamflight trip.
22 October 2016
A "perfect storm" of the falling value of the pound and security fears means holidaymakers are avoiding travel in Europe during October half-term.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.