Number of cholera cases in Cuba increases

Cuban health officials recently announced that the number of confirmed cholera cases in the nation has risen from 85 to 110.

Residents in Granma province, the area hit hardest by the outbreak, have been advised to avoid traveling in order to stem the outbreak, according to

A dissident journalist in Santiago de Cuba, the island nation's second largest city, recently reported that hospital workers informed him of eight cholera deaths in the city's hospitals. Havana has only confirmed three cholera-related deaths and claims the outbreak has only spread outside of Granma province in isolated cases.

On Monday, Granma-based epidemiologist Ana Maria Batista reported on provisional television that there were 85 cases of the waterborne illness. Within 24 hours, she upped the number to 110. She added that the number of reported cases of diarrhea and vomiting, the symptoms of cholera, rose by 308 to 4,415, but that those hospitalized with such symptoms fell from 112 to 81, according to

Batista also repeated the government's claim that the outbreak was fully under control.

Independent journalist Walter Clavel said that doctors in Santiago said authorities were insistent on not attributing any deaths to cholera and had advised them to put anything else on victims' death certificates.