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Emergency Message for U.S Citizens: Cuba, Cholera Outbreak in Granma Province

U.S. Interests Section
Havana, Cuba

Security Message – Cholera Outbreak
July 11, 2012

This message is to inform U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Cuba that the Cuban Ministry of Public Health has reported a cholera outbreak in Granma Province.  The Cuban government has confirmed 53 cases of cholera, including the deaths of three elderly adults.  There have been further unconfirmed reports of additional cases.

We urge you to follow public health recommendations and guidelines, such as safe food and water precautions and frequent hand washing to help prevent cholera infection.  The Cuban Ministry of Public Health is urging people to comply with sanitary measures associated with personal hygiene, water and food.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization both provide information about Cholera to the travelling public.

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Department of State's, Bureau of Consular Affairs website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad,” which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.  You can also download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or outside the United States and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. Interests Section 
Address:  Calzada  between L and M Streets, Vedado, Havana
Telephone:  537-833-3551
Emergency After-hours Telephone:  537-833-2302