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The mission of the Dominican Republic is to take the top off of the epidemic in the Dominican Republic.

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Chikungunya Confirmed in Dominican Republic

                          - April 6, 2014

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya virus [infection] in the Nigua municipality of San Cristobal province.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Freddy Hidalgo Nunez, stated that blood samples from people affected with fever and intensive joint pain were sent to the [USA] CDC and were positive for chikungunya virus. The official issued this information on Friday [4 Apr 2014] and said that Public Health sought laboratory assistance for virus diagnosis from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States in order to confirm the presence of the virus in the country.

Health: Tense Situation Between the Dominican Republic and Haiti - June 11, 2013

Monday, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Dominican Ministry of Public Health and the Directorate General of Livestock confirmed in a joint statement, that they they have not recorded a single case of bird flu or swine flu in the Dominican Republic.

For Freddy Hidalgo, the Dominican Minister of Public Health and Lilian Reneau, local representative of PAHO, there is "a confusion in the information on the presence of this virus in the Dominican Republic." Octavio de la Maza, the Deputy Director of Livestock in the Dominbican Republic attributed to "speculation" the allegations of the presence of the virus in the country.

For José Del Castillo Savinon, the Dominican Minister of Industry and Commerce it is clear that the Haitian authorities have confused the virus A / H1N1 human influenza (not transmitted to animals) with other strains, which relate to animals).


Dominican Republic, Haiti Plan 10-Year Fight Against Deadly Cholera

The Washington Post - by Associated Press - October 8, 2012

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Officials in Haiti and the Dominican Republic are preparing for a long campaign against cholera, the water-borne disease that has sickened tens of thousands of people in the two neighboring Caribbean countries.

Dominican Deputy Minister of Public Health Rafael Schiffino says the two governments are working on a project to wipe out the disease on Hispaniola by 2022. The plan will include substantial spending on clean water and sanitation.


The Carter Center - Hispaniola - Catalyzing Disease Elimination in the Caribbean

submitted by Albert Gomez

In September 2008, The Carter Center, in partnership with the Dominican Republic and Haiti, launched a historic 18-month initiative to help the two countries and their other partners accelerate the elimination of two devastating mosquito-borne infections — malaria and lymphatic filariasis — from Hispaniola. As long as lymphatic filariasis and malaria exist on any part of these two nations' shared island, they will threaten the rest of the Caribbean with devastating human and economic consequences.

Two Patients with Cholera Symptoms Die in Dominican Republic


Prensa Latina - September 8, 2012

Santo Domingo, Sep 8 (Prensa Latina) Two Dominicans with symptoms similar to cholera died in the western province of Santiago, medical sources reported as the country is carrying out a campaign against several diseases.

  According to a spokesperson for the Jose Maria Cabral Hospital, the two patients who died arrived at the health center with a symptom of severe diarrhea.

The first one, Julio de los Santos, was 66 years old and was from the province of Espaillat, while the other, Oscar Antonio Lora, was 64 and lived in Santiago.


More than Five Hundred Dominicans with Cholera Symptoms

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

Prensa Latina -

Santo Domingo, Aug 20 (Prensa Latina) About 536 people with symptoms of cholera received assistance so far this month in the Dominican province of Santiago, where the number of cases continues to rise.

According to authorities from the Health Ministry, the majority of those affected were sent home under surveillance after they received the first treatments, while a dozen is still in two hospitals of the territory.

The diarrhea outbreak in the last days is caused by poor quality of drinking water consumed by residents of the locality, the provincial director of Public Health, Ramon Martinez said.

In addition to diarrhea, treated at public and private hospitals, they have vomiting and severe pain in the abdomen.

Diagnosis tests carried out to many patients confirmed the presence of bacterial infections without discarding cholera, an epidemiologist said, quoted by local media.

Coming from Haiti, since its appearance in the Dominician Republic on November 2010, the disease caused so far, more than 170 deaths, official figures reported.

Ferro-Cement Tanks for the Dominican Republic and Haiti Program

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

Water Charity is pleased to announce our largest and most comprehensive endeavor since we began operation in 2008. The project will result in the construction of three or four ferro-cement tanks for the storage of water at needed locations in the Dominican Republic, followed by at least eight such tanks in Haiti.

We will present the initial concept here, and update it as it progresses. Individual projects under this master concept will be developed and presented separately.


Dominican Republic Reports a Half Thousand Earthquakes

Santo Domingo, Jul 22, 2012 (Prensa Latina)

Dominican Republic recorded so far this year about 500 tremors, 40 of them this month, according to the Institute of Seismology of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo.

According to the expert Juan Arias, the Dominican Republic is located in a zone of high seismic activity and is necessary for people to start creating a culture and learn to live with earthquakes.

Recently the director of the above mentioned institute, Eugenio Polanco, affirmed that Dominicans are lacking the necessary preparation to face an earthquake of high intensity.


The Ministry of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health present book on Cholera (Spanish)


El Ministerio de Salud Pública y la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud presentan libro sobre Cólera

El Ministerio de Salud Pública (MSP) y la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud tienen el agrado de presentar el libro Cólera en República Dominicana: lecciones aprendidas a un año de la epidemia. Esta publicación recoge las experiencias de la respuesta ante la epidemia que articuló el MSP con los sectores del gobierno, así como con diversas instituciones nacionales e internacionales y con la sociedad civil.

Estas experiencias fueron presentadas durante un taller nacional realizado en noviembre del 2011, donde el nivel central del MSP, con las direcciones regionales y provinciales de salud, señalaron los avances en la lucha contra la epidemia, los retos y las recomendaciones para todo el personal de salud del país. 

New Partner Organizations Back Water and Sanitation Investments to Eliminate Cholera from Hispaniola                                    (CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT)

Washington, D.C., 29 June 2012 (PAHO/WHO) – Representatives of international and civil society organizations today agreed to promote major investments in water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the long-term solution to the cholera epidemic in those countries.

leiderman: cholera news and correspondence recap, mid-june'12, thank you

The following chronology plus the attached are concerns and responses across my desk in the past week to continuing efforts among many to understand and become a match for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. These were supplemented by telephone calls.

The signing of an international and interagency water/sanitation/anti-cholera declaration for Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be held June 29 at the Organization of American States, Washington, D.C. Attendance details below.

Thank you,

Stuart Leiderman

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Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:10:07 GMT

Dear Community leaders,

I hope that this e-mail will find you in very good spirit.

Cholera Outbreak in the Dominican Republic

Prensa Latina - May 22, 2012

(Santo Domingo) At least 60 people were hospitalized due to suspected cholera in Tamboril, a town of Santiago de los Caballeros, which required the intervention of the Ministry of Public Health.

Deputy Minister of Public Health, Jose Rodriguez Aybar, revealed that the area was seized by the health department, which intensified prevention activities and education as well as the delivery of chlorine, since there is waters are contaminated.

Many of the cases, according to Listin Diario, it is people who were affected by the outbreak sparked weeks ago.

For his part, Director of Environmental Health, Luis Emilio Feliz Roa, said the main problem is water handling in homes.


Dominican Republic Officials Say 6 Villagers Dead of Cholera

submitted by Stuart Leiderman

Associated Press - - April 23, 2012

Health officials in the Dominican Republic say six people have died after contracting cholera in a northern village hit by a new outbreak of the disease.

Authorities in the Caribbean nation announced last week that they were investigating a new cholera outbreak in the area after rains damaged sewer pipes. Hundreds of people sought medical attention.

Health officials announced the deaths Monday and said only 17 villagers remained hospitalized. They say health workers are disinfecting potable water and scouring the area for any new cases.


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Cholera Could be Making a Comeback to the Dominican Republic

Fox News - April 20, 2012

The cholera epidemic may be making a comeback in the Dominican Republic. 

Health officials are investigating what could be a new cholera outbreak in the northern Dominican Republic, where one woman died and more than 200 people have sought medical attention, Health Minister Bautista Rojas said Thursday.

He cautioned that only six of the more than 200 cases have been confirmed as cholera, including that of a 64-year-old woman who died on Wednesday. The remaining patients exhibit cholera symptoms but are awaiting confirmation through lab tests, he said.


Cholera Infections Rising Again in Haiti as Rainy Season Begins, Highlighting Urgency for NGOs, Agencies to Redouble Their Efforts, CEPR Co-Director Says


"Groups Must Do Their Best to Avoid a Repetition of Last Year’s Tragic Increase in Preventable Deaths"

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2012
Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460

Elimination of Cholera Transmission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic - January 11, 2012

Via The LancetElimination of cholera transmission in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Excerpt:

Haitian Minister Daniel Supplice Attacked by Four Gunmen in DR

submitted by Albert Gomez


by Le Matin - AP - - December 24, 2011

SANTIAGO, Dominican Republic ( — The Minister of Haitians Living Abroad, Daniel Supplice, was robbed by four armed men while riding with his family in neighboring Dominican Republic.

The crime took place on Thursday and was reported by Le Matin and confirmed by the Associated Press which spoke to Presidential Adviser Damian Merlo who said Supplice was doing fine but had no further details.

While riding in his vehicle with his wife and his family, Daniel Supplice in Santiago, Dominican Republic.


CDC - Outbreak Notice - Cholera in the Dominican Republic

This information is current as of today, November 26, 2011 at 20:39 EST

Updated: November 23, 2011

What is the Current Situation?

An outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in the Dominican Republic since November 2010. Cases continue to remain at elevated levels. The provinces with the highest number of cases in September 2011 were San Juan, Santo Domingo, and the National District.

Dominican Republic authorities are taking measures to prevent the spread of the disease. The risk of cholera for travelers to the Dominican Republic is likely very low if precautions are taken. Travelers should consume only safe food and water.

What is Cholera?

Cholera is a bacterial disease that can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Cholera is most often spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinking water. Water may be contaminated by the feces of an infected person or by untreated sewage. Food is often contaminated by water containing cholera bacteria or by being handled by a person ill with cholera.

To Mark 1 Year Since First Case, Health Chief Hails Work to Halt Cholera - November 15, 2011

Jimani. B. Rojas was busy in the fight against cholera. File.     

Santo Domingo.- Tuesday marks one year since the cholera epidemic’s first confirmed case in Dominican Republic, where a joint effort, teamwork and strategic alliances with various sectors and organizations have been the key to decrease the disease’s impact and number of deaths in the population, Public Health minister Bautista Rojas affirmed today.

He said the media and the communities have played a leading role in controlling cholera and other tropical diseases, but cautioned that the danger isn’t over because the ailment will still be on the island for several years before it’s eradicated

The official also cited the optimized human and economic resources as key, resulting in cholera’s low incidence on this side of the island of Hispaniola, an accomplishment recognized by international agencies, as the Pan-American Health Organization.

Dirty and Dangerous Water Threatens Country’s Health

by Bastien Inzaurralde - Florida Center for Investigative Reporting (FCIR) - September 5, 2011


A family living in Batey 9 on the Dominican Republic’s border with Haiti washes clothes and bathes in the untreated but free water of the village’s communal cistern. (Photo by Lindsay Erin Lough.)

BATEY NINE, Dominican Republic — Christin Morin has to stop and think about the last time he drank water that was really clean.

It’s been a couple of months since the 54-year-old agricultural worker and his wife had a few spare pesos to buy chlorine or potable water, so they rely on water from the Batey 9 village tank. The water is free and accessible but also dirty and dangerous.

Birds sometimes get trapped in a tiny hole in the tank and die inside. When villagers turn on faucets in their homes, they may get a sickening mixture of water, feathers and dirt.

Running water and drinkable water are not synonymous here.

“The water doesn’t receive the treatment that is needed to make it suitable for human consumption,” said David Perez Julis, mayor of the municipal district that oversees bateyes 7, 8 and 9, where nearly 700 Haitians have settled since the 2010 earthquake in their country.

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