State Department Travel Warning

Friday, July 13, 2012
Security Message - Cholera Outbreak

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.