Dominican Republic death toll from cholera rises to 87

As part of an ongoing cholera epidemic that spread from Haiti, the Dominican Republic's death toll has risen to 87, with more than 13,000 suspected cases, according to health authorities.
The country shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, where the epidemic has led to more than 5,500 deaths. The Dominican health ministry said that the death toll had risen by 16 since July 8 to 87 in total, AFP reports.
There have been 773 new cholera cases in the past week, for a total of 13,200 since the epidemic began. The epidemic spread to the Dominican Republic from Haiti in November.
An epidemiological study published at the end of June by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention established that U.N. troops from Nepal were responsible for the epidemic.
According to the CDC, cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness that is caused by an infection of the intestine with the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. While the infection is often mild or without symptoms, one in 20 infected persons will have severe disease characterized by vomiting, profuse watery diarrhea and leg cramps. In some of these people, rapid loss of body fluids may lead to shock and dehydration. Death can occur within hours if symptoms are untreated.