SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016

Cholera outbreak in Cuba ends

Cuban health officials announced on Tuesday that the June cholera outbreak that infected 417 people and killed three is over.

The epidemic began in Manzanillo, a city located approximately 560 miles east of Havana with a population of 130,500. Cases connected to the outbreak occurred in other Granma province municipalities as well as in the neighboring provinces of Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba and in Havana, Granma reports.

"Ten days have passed since the latest confirmed case, whereby the Public Health Ministry says that this outbreak is over," the health ministry said, according to Granma. "All these later events, characterized as isolated cases, occurred through people who traveled from Manzanillo and were identified by an effective system of epidemiological monitoring and treated with timely measures."

Upon learning of the epidemic, the government suspended traditional summer carnivals in Manzanillo and Bayamo, another Granma province city. The government of Venezuela also sent 20 military doctors to Cuba to give their support.

The Cuban government said that it would remain vigilant to avoid potential new cases. The government also reiterated a call to the public to take preventive measures against cholera related to food, water and personal hygiene. The messages have been issued by authorities every day for the last few weeks, in addition to preventive messages to avoid mosquito-borne dengue fever.