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Panama updates the guide for dealing with cholera in the event of an outbreak in Haiti

Panamá actualiza la guía de abordaje del cólera ante brote en Haití

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) of Panama updates the National Guide for the Comprehensive Approach to Cholera as a preventive measure in the face of the outbreak of the disease in Haiti, where there are at least 47 confirmed cases and 35 deaths.

The General Directorate of Public Health (DIGESA) of the Minsa convened a situation room in the face of the cholera outbreak in Haiti to organize and plan possible actions and responses to the arrival of cases in the Central American country.

that encounter "served to update the National Guide for the Comprehensive Approach to Cholera and the formulation of the budgeted execution plan for the response to this contingency"said the Health portfolio in a press release, which did not include statistics on the disease in the country.

"The Ministry of Health, through the General Directorate of Public Health, began the process of updating this National Guide for a Comprehensive Approach to Cholera in the face of the outbreak in Haiti"held.

Panama "keep a close eye on the situation" in the Caribbean nation, said the Minsa, which invited the population to maintain hygiene measures such as hand washing and disinfection of objects.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacillus Vibrio cholerae. This disease is being a global threat to public health and an indicator of inequity and lack of social development, said the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported on Friday that the cholera outbreak detected in Haiti has already caused 35 deaths, there are 47 confirmed cases and 560 suspects, according to the data it manages.

This outbreak of cholera has been reported just when the country was about to be declared free of this disease, the continental organization highlighted last Wednesday.

Twelve years ago, Haiti suffered one of the worst cholera epidemics in recent decades, which cost the lives of almost 10,000 people.

Also, the Bahamas Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) reported the first case of cholera detected in the country since 2017.

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