Cuba confirms outbreak of cholera

An outbreak of cholera that killed three people and infected 53 more in the southeast part of Cuba has been confirmed by Cuban health officials.

Cuba's health ministry said that the outbreak marks the first reported outbreak in the country since soon after the revolution in 1959. The officials denied reports of a lack of medicine, stating the country has all the resources needed to give necessary attention to patients, BBC reports.

Most of the 1,000 people or so who have received medical attention were from the coastal town of Manzanillo. The outbreak may have occurred as a result of water that was contaminated after a period of high temperatures and heavy rains in the area. Several wells suspected to be the source of the outbreak have been closed, Granma reports.

Officials have taken samples of water and added chlorine to purify it. The health ministry said that the number of reported cases has started to drop. Locals have received visits from health officials checking food and water supplies to determine any additional sources of the outbreak. Local radio stations have also broadcast information about personal hygiene and extra food preparation care, though the announcements have only mentioned a diarrhea outbreak with no mention of cholera.