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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Panama issues sanitary alert due to cholera

Via Xinhua :

" PANAMA CITY, Dec. 21 : Panama's government Tuesday declared a sanitary alert to prevent the spread of cholera, which has been sweeping across Haiti since October.

"Panama is not immune from this disease since it is a transit country," Panamanian Health Minister Franklin Vergara said when announcing the measure.

Vergara said the measure includes the reinforcement of health checks at the main entry points into the country.

"We have not relaxed (our vigilance), and we maintain checkpoints in ports and airports in the entire country," Vergara said.

Vergara also urged people to maintain strict hygiene measures, especially in the zones affected by the flooding."

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