Cholera cases rise in Dominican Republic
May 31, 2011
SANTO DOMINGO--Thousands of people are suffering from cholera in Santo Domingo as the Dominican Republic works to prevent the disease from spreading farther.
At this time, no known cases of cholera have affected sponsored members or their families, although the outbreak has affected all the communities that CFCA serves in the city.
The local CFCA office is taking action to help ensure families' safety and stop the disease from spreading. Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by contaminated food or water.
"We are on guard to see what kind of support we can offer, including chlorine and other hygienic supplies," said Nelson Figueroa, Santo Domingo project coordinator. "We have instructed CFCA staff members to support families in case of a cholera infection."
The outbreak continues to intensify in other areas of the country. At least 20 people have died from the disease.
Please keep the Dominican Republic and its people in your prayers at this time.