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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dominican Republic cholera death toll climbs to 87, with 13,000 cases reported

he Dominican Republic's death toll in the cholera epidemic that spread from Haiti has risen to 87 out of more than 13,000 suspected cases, health authorities said on Friday.

According to the health ministry, the death toll had risen by 16 since July 8 to 87, and there have been 773 new cases in the past week, for a total of 13,200 since the beginning of the epidemic, which spread to the country from Haiti in November 2010.

In a report released yesterday but dated June 2011, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said cholera could become endemic if the authorities fail to address the water and sanitation issues affecting certain neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic. However, the entity said the risk of cholera in visitors to the country should be considered low. (more)