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Plans to wipe out Cholera by 2022

Tuesday, October 09, 2012 | 1:07 PM    

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — A bilateral meeting geared towards reaching a plan to wipe out cholera on the island of Hispaniola got under way here yesterday.

Cholera emerged suddenly in Haiti in October 2010, since then the disease has killed 7,000 people and sickened about 300,000. In the Dominican Republic there have been 22,000 cases and 350 deaths.

Officials from both countries which share the island Hispaniola, are preparing for a long campaign against cholera, the water-borne disease.

Dominican Deputy Minister of Public Health Rafael Schiffino says the governments are working on a project to wipe out the disease on Hispaniola by 2022. The plan will include substantial spending on clean water and sanitation.

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