Spain: The first locally transmitted cholera outbreak since 1979 has been identified

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The infected person has already recovered and no other cases have been reported so far.

Spanish authorities have identified the first locally transmitted cholera case in more than four decades, regional health officials said today, although the infected person has already recovered and no other cases have been reported so far.

One patient was admitted to a private healthcare unit in Madrid and later was discharged after receiving treatmentsaid a spokesman for the Madrid health authority, without giving hospitalization dates or other details.

He became infected after drinking water in a house in Toledo75 km south of the capital in the area of ​​Castilla La Mancha, and the property has since been closed for security reasonsaccording to health officials in the area.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the bacterium Cholera (Vibrio cholerae) and can be fatal if left untreated. It is transmitted mainly from contaminated food and water.

The last major outbreak of cholera in Spain was in 1979, when 267 cases were reported, mainly in Barcelona and Malaga. Since then, health authorities record only a few imported cases each year.

Regular outbreaks of the disease are not uncommon, especially in developing countries or war zones where there is often no cure available.

According to the World Health Organization, 1.3 to 4 million cases of cholera are reported worldwide each year.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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