Dominican Republic cholera cases continue to increase

Public health experts in the Dominican Republic have recently diagnosed an additional four cases of cholera, pushing the number of reported cases of the water borne illness to 32 in the Caribbean country bordering Haiti.

On December 12, the Dominican health ministry released information on the latest of the cases - a 63-year-old woman, a 13-year-old boy, a 19-year-old boy and a 49-year-old man. The ministry assured the public and the media that all of the patients are in stable condition and doing well, according to

The worst affected regions in the Dominican Republic are the provinces of Santiago and Dajabon, which share a northern border with cholera devastated Haiti. Health officials are cracking down on the porous 234 mile long border in an attempt to stave off the disease.

In Haiti, where cholera erupted a month ago, 1,250 people have died and over 50,000 have been afflicted, reports. Just over 20,000 have sought treatment in local hospitals.

The United Nations has estimated that over one million Haitians are threatened by the presence of cholera, as many still live in unsanitary conditions in overcrowded camps that were set up after a major earthquake in January of 2010. In the camps, clean water and proper sanitation are difficult to find.

Hundreds of Haitians have held protests and violent demonstrations against the government and the United Nations, according to Many blame the two for failing to halt the outbreak, and even for causing it.