Cholera information for health care providers going to Haiti
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Cholera information for health care providers going to Haiti
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    This document is intended to provide a brief overview of the current outbreak situation, basic epidemiology, diagnosis and management of patients with cholera, and prevention and infection control guidance for health care providers traveling to Haiti. For more complete training on cholera, please refer to: An outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti on October 21, 2010. The outbreak strain has been identified as Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1, serotype Ogawa, biotype El Tor. Previous to this outbreak, cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades. For a cholera outbreak to occur, two conditions have to be met: (1) there must be significant breaches in the water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure used by groups of people, permitting large-scale exposure to food or water contaminated with V.cholerae organisms; and (2) cholera must be present in the population. While it is unclear how cholera was re-introduced to Haiti, both of these conditions now exist. Publication date from document properties. CholeraInfomationforHCPGoingtoHaiti_121310_v6.pdf
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