Cholera epidemic death toll in Dominican Republic reaches 87

July 23, 2011DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Authorities in the Dominican Republic have announced that the death toll in the cholera epidemic that spread from Haiti has risen to 87. The health ministry said on Friday that the death toll had risen by 16 since July 8 to 87, AFP reported. The ministry also said there have been 773 new cases over the past week, for a total of 13,200 since the beginning of the epidemic, which spread to the Dominican Republic from Haiti in November 2010. The US Centers for Disease Control published an epidemiological study at the end of June, saying that UN troops from Nepal were responsible for the epidemic. Latin American countries have been far more careful since 1991, when an outbreak of cholera occurred in Peru and then moved into Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico. The disease killed some 10,000 people in Latin America, according to the World Health Organization. –Press TV
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