TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

U.S. warns citizens of cholera outbreak in Cuba

The United States Interests Section alerted U.S. citizens on August 20 about the threat of a possible cholera outbreak in Cuba.

Recent media reports indicate that cases of cholera have been identified in Havana, Cuba. The Panamerican Health Organization has issued an epidemiological alert on the presence of cholera in Cuba and confirmed that foreign travelers have come down with cases of cholera during trips to Cuba.

The U.S. Interests Section is asking that travelers follow public health recommendations and guidelines, like eating safe food and drinking clean water while also frequently washing hands. The Cuban Ministry of Public Health is also asking for people to comply with sanitary measures.

People who are considering traveling to or who will be traveling to Cuba are advised to monitor the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website to keep up to date with the latest worldwide cautions, travel alerts and country specific information. The U.S. Interests Section is also asking for people traveling abroad to review the "A Safe Trip Abroad" web page for valuable security information.

Cholera can be contracted by eating or drinking contaminated food or water. The most common sources of infection come from unsterilized water, food from street vendors, raw fish dishes and inadequately cooked shellfish.