Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cholera Spreads Through Cienfuegos Province

Cholera Spreads Through Cienfuegos Province / Alejandro Tur Valladares
Posted on August 20, 2013

CIENFUEGOS, Cuba, – The first case of infection was
discovered last August 8 in the peripheral district of San Lazaro and
although at the beginning epidemiologists thought that the virus could
have been transferred from the city by Havana by Juan Arbolay Águila,
who works as a driver in the port of Mariel, studies could not prove it,
arousing suspicion among the specialists that it could be endemic form
of cholera.

This August 16, a week later, we have verified that evil has spread to
the districts of Reina and La Juanita, the latter the most populous
neighborhood in the city. Reina presents a complex situation with the
network of sewers and the water supply, many nearly a century old,
causing contamination of water consumed and wastewater leaks into the
road, both of which often facilitate viral infection.

In La Juanita the "Sunshine Cuba" State snack bar on Gloria Street was
closed. Cubanet learned through one of the workers there that one of the
cases in the area was reported in a kitchen worker there.

Reports broadcast on Radio Martí by independent journalist Arévalo
Padrón reported that in the city of Aguadas de Pasajero at least five
infections have been reported. Cubanet has not been able to verify this.

The perception of risk is still very low in the population as the
government media have reported nothing, limiting its actions to
disseminating prophylactic messages about maintaining sanitary measures
to avoid what they call acute diarrheal diseases.

19 August 2013

Source: "Cholera Spreads Through Cienfuegos Province / Alejandro Tur
Valladares | Translating Cuba" -

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