Cholera spreas to all all of the Dominican Republic's provinces

According to a recent report, cholera from Haiti has officially spread to all provinces in the Dominican Republic and has infected 139 people so far in the neighboring and more developed nation.

Chief Sanitary Doctor Gennady Onishchenko of Russia warned Russian tourists, who frequent the Dominican Republic, of the potential that the epidemic might spread there, Ria Novosti reports.

The spread to the Dominican Republic marks the first time that the dual Hispanola island nations have both had a cholera outbreak in over a century, according to Ria Novosti. The health ministry in Haiti estimates that over 3,300 people have died from the epidemic, while over 16,000 are currently being treated.

The first cases of cholera were diagnosed on October 19 after contaminated water in the Artibonite region spread throughout the nation. A month later, the Dominican Republic registered its first case of cholera, according to RTT News.  

The World Health Organization has alerted Haiti’s health authorities to be prepared for the disease to spread throughout relief camp housing that currently contains over one million survivors of the earthquake that occurred in January 2009. The country is further weakened by political troubles, as the most recent presidential election results have been disputed and put on hold indefinitely.