The state-run media has yet to confirm or deny an outbreak of the disease in Manzanillo, which may have required authorities to create a quarantine at the Celia Sanchez Manduley Provincial Surgical Clinic. Manzanillo health care workers have reportedly been mobilized, Café Fuerte and Havana Times report.
“The hospital can’t cope, the aisles are full of stretchers with patients…now with more than 50 people, including children and adults who are hospitalized as a result of the disease,” Misleidi Calvente Figueredo, a Manzanillo resident, said, according to Café Fuerte.
According to Calvente, multiple communities have been quarantined. State and police security officers are reportedly guarding the medical center. Cuban doctors are experienced with cholera after working in a campaign against the disease in the neighboring country of Haiti during its recent outbreak.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cholera is an acute, diarrheal disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. The bacterium is typically found in food or water that has been contaminated by feces from a person infected with the disease. Approximately three to five million people come down with cholera each year with more than 100,000 deaths annually worldwide.