Dominica Prepared For Possible Cholera Outbreak

Mr. Julius Timothy

Dominicans, who may be concerned of getting infected by a disease outbreak, can rest assured that things are under control.

Health Minister Honourable Julius Timothy has given the assurance that, Dominica has a ‘robust strategy’ in place to deal with a possible cholera outbreak.

Cholera is an acute infection of the small intestine resulting in profuse, watery diarrhoea, vomiting, and dehydration.

This infection always occurs by ingesting food or water that has been contaminated with the bacterium.

Mr. Timothy says and I quote, “We are prepared as far as cholera is concerned, the major thing is the IV fluids and we already have a 40-foot container filled with those fluids, and doctors have been trained to identify and treat cholera,” end quote.

He is of the view that it is doubtful that cholera would be a serious threat on the island, if it is confirmed here since the bacterium mostly lives in stagnant water.

The Minister went on to say, and I quote, “Fortunately for us here in Dominica, we don’t have stagnant water, our water is running swiftly to the seas, so even if the disease does arrive here, we do not think it will be in any significant way, but we are prepared just in case”.

A cholera outbreak was detected last month in the city of Manzanillo, a Cuban city of more than 130,000 residents, which has accounted for a majority of the 158 cases of cholera, reported by the country’s Public Health Ministry.

The outbreak was so bad that, traditional summer carnival in the city was suspended out of fear that the disease might spread.

However, Cholera has not been detected in Dominica but there have been recent outbreaks in Haiti and Cuba.

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