November 17th, 2010
07:42 AM ET

Haiti cholera outbreak spreads to Dominican Republic

The cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread to the Dominican Republic and that nation has issued a maximum health alert, its health ministry said.

The first confirmed case is a 32-year-old Haitian construction worker who returned to the Dominican Republic last Friday with symptoms of the intestinal illness, the health ministry said.

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    November 17, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      It's isolated on an island... Relax. And even if it does, it's just cholera. This is not middle ages Europe or the Oregon Trail.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jendfly

      and the BIRD FLU and MAD COW DISEASE and lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This is how panic starts. Relax.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • ZhingPao

      Have a Presidente Cerveza (or two) and calm down.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      It is isolated on an island until or family of 14 goes there this Sat. for a week for Thanksgiving! Yippie!

      November 17, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Zopa

      Numbaoneballa: Finally someone is making sense! Not sure about them being black is really their fault, but who cares anyway...

      November 17, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • hobart

      Cholera is not directly contagious from human to human. It's spread among humans is via unsanitary water supplies, like using the same streams for drinking water, and for sewage disposal.

      Sorry, but you'll have to find some other source, closer to home, for you Armageddon paranoia.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      Excuses excuses. Haiti is a forgotten place. It's been stripped of everything worth anything. The French walked away from it over a hundred years ago and now the Europeans are renegging on their commitments. If they had oil they would still be poor because the government would just steal the money. At least Republicans wouls open factories there if there where some law and order. Democrats want to put them all on welfare as if they where some kind of pets. Grow up $$ runs the world..

      November 17, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ateo1979

      Oh joy....the apocalyptic nutballs are coming out. This does not prove Nostradamus, 2012ers and Revelationists right. These things happen all the time when there's a lack of sanitation in impoverished areas. Welcome to human reality.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      Sure! Let's all panic! After all, there's nothing like wild exaggeration and hysteria.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      lmao is this guy for real. , im more afraid of the zombies

      November 17, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Before dismissing this disease so lightly because we live in the 21st century is not a real good idea. This disease is very easily transmitted via contact with infected people as well as with what they touched and took a dump. There is no cure for Cholera and those with Autoimmune and Immune problems as well as children and the elderly are at most risk for death. Considering all the Human Rights people that have been going back and forth to Haiti, I would be surprised if people in the US had not already been infected and died with no idea that Cholera was the culprit. Recommend folks check out the CDC reports for this disease and beaware of the symptoms which may appear as stomach flu symptoms.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • SolarPowered

      It's not even 2011 yet. Quit going by your iPhone calendar.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • hobart

      In reply to Bill, this is from the CDC website on how Cholera is spread.

      How is Cholera Spread?
      Cholera germs are found in the feces of infected people
      Cholera is spread when feces from an infected person gets into the water people drink or the food people eat
      Cholera is not likely to spread directly from one person to another

      November 17, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • aja-dawn crichlow

      Haiti jus need 2 pray & ask god 4 4giveness & every ting would fall in 2 place. haiti is know 4 witchcraft & voodoo magic. that is signs dat they are worshiping the DEVIL!!!!!! y is dat? Haiti is a beautiful island but......... it has been takein over by an evil spirit & the only person who can rid that country of such a ting is GOD!!!!!!!!

      November 17, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. qwerty allstar

    oh here we go with the 2012 crap

    November 17, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Thetailisphail

    I believe this topic is completely false! How can it spread so fast...

    November 17, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • SolarPowered

      One person that was IN Haiti get it then goes home and "OMG IT'S SPREADING! "

      November 17, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. dominickspez

    and now they say it will stay and spread for months–soon 2 million infected , then 3, then 4 with hundreds of thousand dead-and who will get the blame "Mother Nature"-so sad the intl community is allowing this genocide to take place–nuff said

    November 17, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      Is's not "genocide", it's the direct result of overbreeding, laziness, and stupidity. Why is it so difficult for people to accept that sometimes diasasters are the result of these factors...these people are their own victims.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rocko

    OMG! The world is ending! Hahhahaha. Get a grip people. Live your life. Stop the nonsense.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Claudio J. Almonte

    This is happening in my country because international organizations do not want us to close our border, please help us from cholera

    November 17, 2010 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      To heck with "international organizations"! Close "em anyway! They're YOUR borders!

      November 17, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      help your self or die. rebuild or die. if people from outside are preventing this , then rise up or die. the world gave you guys money to rebuild. 9 months have gone by an what has been done,? i see people sitting around waiting for someone else to do it for them , stop it, dont let the clintons build hotels . let them build houses . schools hospitals,. they will only enslave the island, an you think cholera is bad wait till you have billy boy an his cigars chasing the women around the island

      November 17, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. sun tzu lao

    Load your mags and pack your bags cause 2012 is almost here! Lol... People who are scared by calendars and diseases that spread by poor sanitation make me laugh. If you don't make your coffee with sewage i wouldn't worry about it too much, hemmoragic dengue fever spreading north from mexico is much more of a concern, along with other vector borne illnesses spreading north.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. John Cook

    This is not true, cholera is just a myth. Haitian are dying for hunger not for cholera, and the DR has no problems of health.

    Ppl relax this are news to mask another goverment issue

    November 17, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      Yup. Just relax, have a sip of sewage, and don';t forget your little tinfoil hat.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. mav

    "it's isolated on an island"? right, because there's nobody traveling to and from dominican republic on a day to day basis.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. newsflash

    The end of suffering.
    A camera there happened upon an elder black woman right after the initial event who was saying "I couldn't listen to the screaming anymore."
    Buried beneath that geo loc is some real nasty old voodoo slime.
    No one wants to go there!

    November 17, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. whatever

    Oh bc all republicans are racist? Why don't you go abort some more innocent babies democrat...

    November 17, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • stupid zelot

      According to your religion, there are no "innocent babies". They are all born in "original sin" and unless and until they are baptized and "cleansed" of this offense, they are damned. Jagg-offs. Always touting half of the teachings of your sordid religion, and pretending the rest of it isn't important. It is one step removed from paganism, literally. Save it for your dimwitted kids.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      abort abort abort , we need more abortions , an more post birth abortions , bully keep your nose out of other peoples lives loser. looks like you needed to be aborted , love , god , no signed god

      November 17, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • MadPanda

      The start of abortion let to a sharp decline in crime rates. I believe in no fairy god and don’t have a problem with abortion. It serves the greater good of our generation and generations to come. Plus, I believe there is a difference between a ball of cells and a human being. I despise the way you supposedly moral Christians think you have all the answers, and love making sure everyone else follows your ancient, cherry picked, outdated rules. Stay out of our lives and we will have no reason to fight back against your nonsense. If you don’t want an abortion then don’t get one. Leave everyone else to do what they believe is right.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kris

    Wth Ken? So you just say forget about this outbreak because they're black?? You deserve to catch it and die. That's a very closed-minded way of thinking about it. I pray that the people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic overcome this, and that people like "Ken" learn to accept everyone...because we aren't going anywhere!! Lol

    November 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Claudio J. Almonte

    Is American people aware, how many flights departure from Dominican Republic and Haiti to USA land?

    November 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • WhenDoWeLearn

      No, Americans do not care how many flights come here from those areas because we are such a mighty and powerful nation that has enough technology and smarts to get rid of anything that might cause us harm. We're just super smart and above anything like Cholera. I hope you do know that I am being sarcastic.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. steve

    uhm he could be on about something with that 2012 so called crap in fact it could be the next black plague

    November 17, 2010 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • hobart

      No, it can't be the next black plague. The only way the bacteria gets into humans is by drinking contaminated water. As long as you don't drink contaminated water, you'll be fine. Sorry.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • MadPanda

      Not to mention we have enouph antibiotics left over in our medicine cabinets to treat all of Haiti.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
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      November 17, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sharp

    The Dominican Republic is not a basket case like Haiti. They will do just fine.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
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