Nov 10, 2010 – The recent cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea‘s (PNG) Daru Island, in the Torres Strait, has killed over a dozen children. The infection is spreading quickly on the country’s populated island, having already resulted in 64 hospitalisations.
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UPDATE, SUSPECTED DOMINICAN REPUBLIC SPREAD
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In this update:
 Updated case count
Date: Tue 9 Nov 2010
Source: Fox News [edited]
Officials with the United Nations (UN) confirmed that the cholera epidemic in Haiti has spread from the countryside of the tiny island nation to its capital of Port-Au-Prince, a development that could affect millions. According to Emmanuella Schneider, a spokesperson for the UN Office for Humanitarian Aid in Haiti, one person has died because of cholera in the Port-Au-Prince neighborhood of Cite Soleil, with at least 115 suspected cases overall in the city. Across Haiti, there are at least 9123 people hospitalized and 583 deaths, caused by the waterborne disease. Officials expect the numbers to climb.
During a press briefing in Washington DC on Tuesday [9 Nov 2010], Dr Jon Arbus, the deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), said that he expected an “upsurge” of cases because of the effects of Hurricane Tomas that neared the country last week. “The flooding and mudslides from last week’s hurricane pushed rivers over their banks, very likely spreading cholera even further. We have every reason to expect that the widespread flooding has increased the risk of cholera spreading,” Arbus said. “The conditions are ripe.”
an arm of the World Health Organization, is also preparing to encounter cholera
for the long term in the impoverished nation. Arbus emphasized that the disease
has established itself with a strong “foothold”
in Haiti’s water systems, and that the overall collective battle with the disease could take years.
The interactive HealthMap/ProMED map for Haiti is available at <http://healthmap.org/r/00Yn> – CopyEd.EJP]
 Possible Dominican Republic spread
Date: Tue 9 Nov 2010
Source: Haiti Libre [edited]
In the south of the Dominican Republic, a man with all the symptoms of cholera has been admitted to a hospital. If this case is confirmed, this would be the 1st official case of cholera in the Dominican Republic.
The patient, 43 years old, is currently being treated in the regional and university hospital of Barahona. According to reports, he is a businessman who had just returned from Haiti. This patient is the 3rd suspected to be observed in the Dominican Republic.
In late October 2010, Dr Loida Gonzalez, of the National laboratory Doctor Defillo confirmed having received 2 samples of suspected cases from Moca and Santiago, in the north of the Dominican Republic. She then explained that the review process took 4 days and that the results would be communicated at the end of this period. 8 days later the Dominican authorities have still not reported on the results of these 2 cases.
Nov. 10, 2010 – The cholera outbreak in Haiti has now been declared a national security issue, as the disease is confirmed in the capital and the number of dead and infected continues a steady climb.
There have been more than 9,100 hospitalized cases and some 583 deaths in some 240 communities since the first cases were reported on October 19th in the northern region of Artibonite region. These include 73 cases reported inPort-au-Prince.
“The epidemic has already passed being more than a simple urgent humanitarian matter and is a national security problem,” Health Ministry Director-General Gabriel Timothee said at a press conference yesterday. “It will take a lot of time to be able to control this epidemic.”
Dr Jon Andrus, Deputy Director at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), said at a press briefing yesterday that the country should expect further increases in cases, as a result of the widespread flooding from Hurricane Tomas last weekend.
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