FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Mexico Ministry of Health takes steps to curb cholera outbreak

Flooding and landslides from a tropical storm and hurricane in Mexico last month could have contributed to 171 cases of cholera reported in the country from Sept. 9 to Saturday.

The Ministry of Health in Mexico confirmed one death from infections that resulted from this strain of cholera. The illness has resulted in 39 hospitalizations.

One hundred and fifty-seven of the reported cases were reported in the sovereign state of Hidalgo. The remaining cases were reported in Mexico and the states of San Luis Potosi and Veracruz.

Health officials in Mexico have increased surveillance and investigation into to the outbreak. Training is ongoing to help medical professionals treat and prevent cholera infection.

Measures are also being taken to ensure the public has access to potable drinking water and that basic sanitation services remain intact within communities around the region that have been hit hard by the outbreak.

A public information campaign is underway to advise people on how to find safe water, how to access medical treatment and how to take basic steps to avoid infections.

The region experienced a cholera outbreak from 1991 to 2001 that reached epidemic proportions. The current strain does not have a similar genetic profile to the strain that circulated from 1991 to 2001.

The bacterium's genetic profile, however, is 95 percent similar genetically to a strain currently found in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.