More Cholera Cases Reported in Eastern Cuba

HAVANA TIMES — The cholera epidemic has spread to the eastern provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and Holguin, with dozens of people hospitalized and some municipalities facing critical conditions, reports Hablemos Press.

Sources in the public health-care industry and residents in the east of the country have confirmed off-the-record the proliferation of the epidemic that has plagued Cuba since last June. They noted that the province of Guantanamo could be declared in quarantine.

Juan Luis Bravo Rodriguez, a resident of the city of Guantanamo, said there are some 206 cases of cholera in the province, along with 475 positive cases of dengue, of which 100 of these cases are in “code red.”

According to the independent agency, Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda is in Guantanamo “because three days ago the town of La Tinta and the municipalities of Maisi and Imias were declared in quarantine owing to an outbreak of cholera.”

“None of this has been reported to the public,” said the source.