Cuba Reports 163 Cases In Cholera Outbreak

“Cuba has reported a cholera outbreak to international health monitors, with 163 new cases this year associated with three provinces,” the Associated Press reports. “According to a bulletin by the Pan American Health Organization, island authorities reported on Aug. 23 that the cases were linked to Havana, Santiago and Camaguey provinces,” and the “[p]atients who contracted the waterborne disease included 12 travelers from European and Latin American nations.” The news service notes “[t]here were no reported fatalities.” Though there had been “no word … about the disease in official media such as Communist Party newspaper Granma” since “Cuban state media announced last summer that cholera had sickened 417 people and killed three,” the U.S. last week issued a travel alert for Cuba due to the illness, according to the Associated Press (8/27).