Cuban official insists cholera outbreak under control

Cuba's national director of epidemiology recently announced that the nation's cholera outbreak has not spread and that the government has not tried to cover up the number of people infected.

The dissident journalist who first reported the outbreak in the southeastern Granma province said hat a Havana-based doctor told him there have been three confirmed cases of the waterborne illness in the one of the capital's poorest neighborhoods, according to the Miami Herald.

Calixto Martinez of Hablemos Press said that public health officials in the Mantilla neighborhood in Havana have halted the sale of liquid foods because of the cholera threat. He said that there have been at least 30 suspected cases of cholera in Havana.

Officials from the Granma province have appeared on local television almost every night to reassure residents that the outbreak is under control, but the national government has only issued a single statement confirming three deaths related to the illness.

"We can categorically say that there is no other outbreak in any other province," Dr. Manuel Santin Pena, the national director of epidemiology, said, CNN reports. He added that all of the cases outside of Granma were found in people who had recently visited the province.

Canada's Public Health Department and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control recently issued warnings for those intending to travel to Cuba. They have advised visitors to take precautions eating and drinking and to wash their hands frequently.