November 17th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Woman in Florida diagnosed with cholera

A woman who recently returned to Florida from Haiti has been diagnosed with cholera, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday.

"We are working with our health care partners to ensure appropriate care of this individual and prevent the spread of this disease within the community," said State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros in a written statement.

She said Florida authorities will "continue to monitor the state for any future cases."

The news follows an announcement that the cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread across the border to the Dominican Republic.

The cholera outbreak confirmed last month in northwest Haiti has killed 1,110 people, and 18,383 people have been hospitalized with the disease, according to Haiti's health ministry.

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Filed under: Cholera • Dominican Republic • Florida • Haiti • Health
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  1. Sgt. Slaughter

    Now those monkeys are bringing their plague here???

    Keep them on their island and let them die there

    November 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • APox

      You are a disgusting pig. Hopefully your white southern inbreeding will die out soon.

      November 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busybrain

      Apox:
      a) Stop feeding the troll
      b) Puh-leeze! I'm from the south and I'm not inbred; in fact, I have a genius IQ and a graduate education... don't be such a bigot.

      November 17, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • APox

      I didn't say everyone from the south. It was directed to one "sgt. Slaughter" and his very apparent ethnocentric and racist view that I would say originates from somewhere in the south. ๐Ÿ™‚

      November 17, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. APox

    Scare me CNN, scare me!!!!!! Last I checked we aren't drinking sewage. Talk about sensational journalism.

    November 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. informedIllinois

    These comments... I often question "what is wrong with my fellow americans?"

    November 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    People,
    Has any country sent bottled water to Haiti to solve this problem?

    November 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank is smart

      well said.....at this very moment...HAITI needs CLEAN water.....help if you can......

      November 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HeartforHaiti

    Haiti has lost (thus far) 1,100 people from cholera. I was just there this past August & will be going back in April for a month and a 1/2. Those who made the comments about their lack of sanitation and medical aid are completely correct. Cholera can't be transferred from person to person, nor is it airborne. They're being infected because their drinking water(the ONLY water they have) has been contaminated with fecal matter that carries cholera. We are well equipped in America to tend to cholera (hydradtion with an IV does the trick)...THEY, however, are not. The same water they're drinking to keep them hydrated is killing them. Simple as that. It's even being reported that U.N. soldiers are the ones who brought cholera into the country after being stationed in Nepal. There are legitimate facts backing that...but most importantly, instead of lashing out on the Haitians (who have done nothing to deserve it) or trying to place the blame...more relief needs to be provided. Cholera is not America's next epidemic, if it sounds frightening (as the media will spin it), just read up on it to find the facts. The Florida woman is probably already treated & not thinking twice of it. Unless you plan on bathing, drinking and/or washing your dishes in an open septic tank...everyone will be just fine.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reality

    I wish there were some facial pictures connected with these posts from people that are so ignorant that they fear an outbreak of Cholera in the U.S., without any clue as to how the disease spreads. I would be curious to compare the photos with people that drive like idiots down the road, when you ask yourself, "What an idiot, how did they get a drivers license?".

    November 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    I for one welcome our new bacterial overlords. this is how haitian is going to take over us. theyre have such a hard time in the world for many century , it is tiem they get a chance to be ruler! free israel!

    November 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. djunior

    boomer q on my plate

    November 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AshamedFloridian

    I like dancing with the stars..does that mean I have a fat a$$? I'm so confused...

    November 17, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      If when you bend over, and are confused as the new 72 inch television, then sorry, but yes.

      November 17, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Eric Wen

    this is not nice ๐Ÿ˜ฆ i am sad for her family who lady to rest

    November 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. svscnn

    No good deed goes unpunished.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. djunior

    she ate some doo doo because she thought it was here baby ruth she sat down on the table. Thats how she got cholera.

    November 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. K jacktown michigan

    wow! Are we really this stupid? A non transferrable ailment. I have no plans on drinking chunky water! Why not just form a line, and drink from the cup in front of you, ha!

    November 17, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Faith

    I find it sad how the majority show how hateful, prejudice, and simple minded they really are. For centuries we have always had some sort of 'scare' or outbreak of some sort. But to wish death upon the poor, homeless, men, women, and children of another country because their own Government has never built a healthy or safe enviroment for them, that is just pathetic. We are suppose to be educated people from a GREAT Country. Apparently the majority on this discussion have forgotten that. If you don't know about a subject, do your research before mouthing off about things you don't know. Knowledge is power, and many of you....well your lights are totally out..no power. And instead of complaining, find out how YOU can help the less fortunate so these kind of illnesses can be prevented. Grow up people!!!

    November 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • APox

      Rofl, did you see what we voted into the house? Rand Paul, ie. BP disaster was just a simple mistake and we should repeal civil rights law....

      Clearly a great and intelligent majority!

      November 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sgt. Slaughter

    They're dirty people who would rather burn down what's left of their country. Creating more suffering. Instead of rebuilding it and helping themselves.

    Let nature run its course there. Its the best solution for Earth

    November 17, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
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