OFFICIALS DECLARE FSM CHOLERA OUTBREAK ENDED

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PALIKIR, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (October 11, 2000 – Hawai‘i Public Radio)---Health officials in the Federated States of Micronesia have declared an end to a cholera outbreak that killed 19 people and affected more than 3,000 others.

The Department of Health, Education and Social Affairs said yesterday it has been dispensing an oral cholera vaccine to more than 15,000 residents of Pohnpei to prevent a reoccurrence of the outbreak that first was reported in April.

Jean-Paul Chaine of the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association said the actual number of deaths is likely to increase as other residents may have not reported some cases because of the stigma attached to cholera.

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness that leads to dehydration. It is characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting and leg cramps. Without treatment, cholera may be fatal.

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