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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- Journalist Diulka Perez contributed to this report.

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  1. This is more dangerous than hunting with Dick Cheney

    I have an idea. Let's pump more money into our government. Only they can protect us from this epidemic!!! The goverment should put out a red alert. IT MUST HAVE BEEN THE TERRORISTS USING THEIR WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION AND JIHAD AND OSAMA BIN HUSSEIN MALEIKH SHAHAD, OR WHOEVER WE ARE CHASING AND... damnit I'm out of beer.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      beer? damn it i cant afford beer. it is taxed to high now . got any weed

      November 17, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. newsflash

    As you prayer people do global cleansing rituals the world will continue with murder and geo disasters chipping away little by little.
    ... BETTER TO JUST WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE

    November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. 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.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. newsflash

    Don't know about you guys, but I won't be reconsumming my own feces any time soon. Nuf sed. No worries.
    In the regular world we give it 10,000 years to process. THEN we eat it again. By that time ... it's become a cow. And doesn't remember us.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. hobart

    Humans get cholera by drinking contaminated water. It's a good idea in any third world country not to drink the water, because of all sorts of intestinal bugs less harmful than cholera. With bottled water universally available, it's pretty easy to avoid contact with cholera.

    Regarding the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo has a safe water supply, as do most of the resorts that tourists frequent. I'd be more concerned about spread across the Haitian border into rural communities in the DR, where the water systems are not sanitary.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. kh

    The Dominican Republic will actually treat their patients and the outbreak will probably stop there.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. ginalyn

    Ya know...how sad and ashamed we should feel that some people from the US and other countries are so closed minded and heartless as to say some of the horrible stuff in many of these posts. Cholera isnt a myth and its not a way for Haiti to whine and get money...these are human beings regardless of what color they are or their living conditions! Maybe some of you need to learn some compassion and pick up a book on occasion and know your facts before opening your ignorant mouths.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • coly

      Well said ginalyn!!

      November 17, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      We've been helping these nations for DECADES. And they never get any better. Haiti, Somalia, Ethiopia, bla bla bla. It's time people like you realized that "helping" sometimes just doesn't do anything rxcept make people dependent on the helpers. Haitians ruined their own island, ruined their tourist industry (the only industry they had), ruined their environment, and when disasters like this come along, they have to pay the piper. Hopefully those who survive will be able to get off their duffs and improve their lot.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. newsflash

    Hey, maybe those Catholic folks who are toying around with exorcisms can give the place the ol scrub brush.
    Oh, that's right, they just publicly and globally announced that they have no idea what they are doing.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. pen

    the entire island should be demolished.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • hobart

      I'm at a loss on how to respond to such a utterly hateful and utterly stupid statement. Maybe point out the single largest source of players in Major League Baseball is the Dominican Republic.

      November 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      I hope if that happen one of the island pieces fall over your head, inhuman...

      November 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. coly

    If you've never been to the Dominican Republic, it is a third world country, as is Haiti. The people there are still people and some of the above comments are pretty self centered. It's a shame the some don't care about others.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      I've been to the DR, spent weeks there living on my little boat in Luperon. The Dominicans are proud, hard-working people. They are poor, but they work hard and live decently, grow plenty of food, and take care of business. Unlike the Haitians. What's the difference? Guess.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. newsflash

    That land is heavy and oily. Maybe people shouldn't live there. It won't get better until time takes it on a long run.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. xpert

    Its who ever is in charge of the water systems fault but regardless something needs to be done to avoid more people dying.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mayra F.

    This is a very difficult moment for Haiti. This could happen to any of us, not every body has the same oprtunities as us in USA. We should just pray and let God handle it. This could affect the whole world, even You! ...May God be with us!

    November 17, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • capnmike

      There ISN'T ANY GOD. That's part of the world's problem...we are unable to face the bare fact that there's no god, and that we are alone here and need to toss the enormous scam of religion in the trash where it belongs and get busy. All the praying in the world accomplishes nothing...absolutely nothing. But a man with a hammer and nails can build a home.

      November 17, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • WhenDoWeLearn

      Do you feel better now Capnmike?? Ok, good. You act like you spewing your hate for God or better yet, disbelief of God is going to make those who do believe and know God to be very much alive not believe in him anymore. The same way the world wants people to stop pushing religion on them, stop trying to push your disbelief on everyone else. We don't care that you don't believe, I actually feel sorry for you and pray that one day you will realize there is a God before it is too late. But until then just sit and not believe and stop spreading your hate. In the end we will see who wins and who wish they had believed.

      November 17, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. XYZ1143

    I have two words for everyone...population control.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. TraceyBritish

    LMAO @ some of the sarky comments on here...no one has expressed sympathy of any kind...bloody cretins.

    November 17, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      oh believe me this is nice talk , hell if britain got destroyed i think we would even party

      November 17, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
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