50 Cubans Infected in Cholera Outbreak
1 case turns up in Havana, far from outbreak source
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2012 7:35 AM CDT
A child is treated in a Cuban hospital in this file photo. Cuban medical officials say more than 50 cases of cholera have been detected there.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Just days after cholera broke out in Cuba's southeastern city of Manzanillo, a case has been discovered in the capital, Havana, reports the BBC. Authorities say a contaminated well was responsible for the outbreak, which has killed three people and infected 50 so far. Another 1,000 are being treated and four hospitals are prepared to take additional victims, though doctors say the outbreak is under control.

Cholera has not broken out in Cuba since 1959 and heath care officials are not sure where this outbreak came from. But with hundreds of Cuban doctors, nurses, and health professionals having worked in Haiti, where cholera exploded in 2010, many believe that is the most likely source.

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HumbertoCapiro
Jul 8, 2012 8:30 PM CDT
THE CASTROFASCIST MAFIA IN CUBA WONT ADMIT TO THE REAL CAUSE OF THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC! CUBA TRANSITION PROJECT - Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies at University of Miami - 2006 - WATER POLUTION: According to the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), water pollution in Cuba is a serious concern, particularly since there is a marked lack of infrastructure to address the issue. Of the 2,160 main contaminant sources recognized by UNEP, 1,273 or 59 percent, release their pollution into the Cuban environment without any treatment whatsoever. Another 433, or roughly 20 percent, receive limited but inadequate treatment before being discharged. (2) This analysis included agricultural sources of contamination, as well as industrial and human waste. Despite its clear importance to the citizens of Cuba, the treatment of urban sewage in particular is extremely limited: only 17 or 18 percent receives any treatment before discharge into Cuban waterways. (3) The infrastructure of water and sanitation are beyond the breaking point and are close to catastrophic failure. Havana’s sewer system, which was built almost a hundred years ago, has been due for major repairs for almost five decades and is serving over two million citizens, well beyond its design capacity of 400,000. (4) CLICK LINK FOR ENTIRE REPORT! http://ctp.iccas.miami.edu/FACTS_Web/Cuba%20Facts%20Issue%2026%20November%202006.htm
JoeQ
Jul 8, 2012 12:52 PM CDT
Wasn't that sweet. Most likely some international aid workers brought it to Haiti after the earthquake and gave it to lots of Haitians, then later an infected person got over to Cuba. Way to help.
Scott60561
Jul 8, 2012 12:26 PM CDT
Wasn't there some fatass Michael Moore documentry about the great healthcare of Cuba? If that's true, then this of is no concern and we should just let Cuba deal with it.