Local April 19, 2012 | 11:08 am

Six confirmed cholera cases spur Public Health scramble

Santo Domingo.- The Public Health Ministry yesterday confirmed six cases of cholera of 160 tested since last week in the towns of Tamboril and Moca, near Santiago, where its population was advised to improve hygiene at home.

It said lab tests on patients with symptoms including diarrhea tested positive for cholera, but affirmed that the outbreak is under control in the communities Canca, Tamboril and Ceiba de Madera, in Moca.

In a statement, Public Health said dozens of patients with diarrhea had been hospitalized, but tests found other infections such as Escherichia coli and Amoeba, not cholera.

Public Health minister Bautista Rojas said the Epidemiologic Vigilance System is in effect to immediately treat any of the symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, or vomiting.

The official asked the population to collaborate with the authorities’ preventive measures, such as using boiled or chlorinated water, washing hands thoroughly after going to the bathroom and changing babies’ diapers, and by fully cooking foods.

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