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ECDC has issued a risk assessment on cholera transmission related to travel to the Dominican Republic after two cases have been detected in tourists returning to the UK and Germany from resorts in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic.

ECDC has issued a risk assessment on cholera transmission related to travel to the Dominican Republic after two cases have been detected in tourists returning to the UK and Germany from resorts in the Punta Cana area of the Dominican Republic.

Following the well-documented outbreak of Cholera in Haiti in 2010, the disease has spread to neighbouring Dominican Republic. Until 12 June, the public health authorities in the Dominican Republic have reported 5 367 suspected cases of cholera, including 46 deaths. Among the suspected cases, 1 727 cases have been laboratory confirmed by cell culture. There have been 46 confirmed fatal cases due to cholera.

Imported cases to the European Union are expected since the Dominican Republic is a very popular destination for tourists. However, with appropriate precautionary measures, the risk of infection remains low. Travellers should receive information on how to prevent cholera contamination prior to visiting affected areas.

ECDC is closely monitoring the situation in Haiti and the Dominican Republic and will provide a new assessment in response to a change in the epidemiological situation.

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