Cholera Contained in Jefferson County

Martinsburg, WV – Officials with the Jefferson County, WV Health Department say there is no public health risk following a reported case of cholera earlier in March 2016. Jefferson County Health Department, said the health department was contacted on 4 Mar 2016 by state officials who said a female food service worker in Jefferson County had contracted cholera.

The CDC states that an estimated 3 million to 5 million cases of cholera and more than 100 000 deaths from the disease occur each year around the world. The official said cholera outbreaks typically take place in developing countries without proper drinking water treatment and sanitation. “The CDC and World Health Organization say that almost all cases of cholera in the U.S. involve travel to areas still endemic with cholera. If someone returns from or eats food from a country where cholera is present, they can get it.” The CDC reported 70 cases of cholera in the U.S. in 2012, and all of them are suspected to be foreign travel-related.

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