The outbreak of cholera in Haiti has found its first victim in Quebec as a woman travelling back to Canada from the Caribbean was found to be suffering from the condition. Though, authorities have announced that there were very chances of the disease transmitting to other people.
The victim was admitted to the Ste. Justine Hospital of Montreal on the 1st of January with a case of severe diarrheal. Following the interrogation of woman and after doctors found that she had visited Haiti, doctors immediately put the woman in an isolation ward.
The woman was provided antibiotics and electrolytes for rehydration and sample reports that came on the 3rd of January tested positive for cholera.
Talking about the risks to public health, Spokeswoman for the Public Health Agency of Quebec, Stephanie Menard, informed the case did not pose any risk of retransmission and that unlike the flu, cholera is only spread through contaminated food and water. Apart from that, the spread of cholera was next to negligible in a country like Canada, where sanitation levels are always maintained.
Prior to this case, the previous cholera incident was reported way back in the year 2007. Though, Menard could not inform the place where the case was reported.
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