Dominican Republic reports cholera death

Health officials are looking into what may be the first cholera death in the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, 23 new infections have brought the total number of cases to 105 in the country that directly shares a 234 mile border with Haiti.

The Caribbean's first cholera outbreak in more than a century has killed over 2,500 people since mid-October. Dominican Republic officials have taken precautions to slow the spread of the disease throughout their more-developed country, the AFP reports.

The government has forbid the use of water from the Artibonite River, which may have been the source of the cholera epidemic. The Dominican government has previously asked the country's construction and tourism industries to not employ migrant or seasonal workers from Haiti in an effort to prevent cholera from spreading. They have also increased the cholrine in drinking water and provided bleach-soaked blankets along the border between themselves and Haiti, according to Fox News.

"We had unprecedented growth (of the disease) in the southern provinces of San Juan and Azua," Bautista Rojas, the Dominican Republic's health minister, said, according to AFP. Rojas also said that the possible death was an unnamed person in the south of the country.

Eleven of the victims have been admitted to health clinics, while the rest of them have been discharged, according to health officials.