Cholera Spreading Through Hispaniola

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The President of the Dominican Republic called an emergency meeting today to address the spread of cholera that has crossed over the border from Haiti into the neighboring country.

According to the Listin Diario, President Leonel Fernández met with the country's health, agriculture and tourism ministers. Officials are reportedly considering canceling flights to parts of the island. Like it's neighboring country, the DR has never had a reported case of cholera until this recent outbreak—as a result border security has been ramped up, health checks have been ramped up and efforts are underway to clean up its rivers.

"This really is a serious danger," Santos Ramírez of the Dominican Medical Board told Agence France Presse. "Cholera could become a pandemic if it spreads on this side of the island. We must avoid a disaster of that scope."
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