Travelers headed to the Dominican Republic need not worry regarding the one confirmed case of cholera within its borders, according to Francisco Javier Garcia, minister of tourism.
The case, which originated in Haiti, "has been successfully diagnosed and treated due to the D.R.'s excellent surveillance and monitoring systems," Garcia said.
Disinfecting stations have been set up at bridges along the border between the two countries. Car tires and shoes are checked and disinfected.
The D.R. Ministry of Tourism said that all six airports, the cruise terminals, beaches, hotels and resorts are operating normally. Purified bottled water is readily available throughout the D.R.
Although cholera most frequently is spread by contaminated water, the advice to travelers regarding food is if you cannot boil it, bake it, peel it, then forget it.
In Haiti, the death toll topped 1,100 this week with more than 18,000 hospitalized. Authorities in the U.S. confirmed one case in Florida from a woman who had recently returned from Haiti. She is receiving treatment.