6 Mass. Residents Contract Cholera In Dominican Republic

BOSTON (AP) – The Massachusetts health department says six state residents have tested positive for cholera after attending a wedding in the Dominican Republic earlier this month.

Department spokeswoman Julia Hurley said Friday that all the patients have been released from local hospitals, and health officials aren’t concerned the disease will spread.

Officials in the Dominican Republic said the guests became infected after eating contaminated lobster at the Jan. 22 wedding in the exclusive community of Casa de Campo. More than 110 cases have been reported in Venezuela, where many of the 452 guests live. Other guests were also treated in Spain, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

The Massachusetts cases include a man, a young woman and a father and his three children.

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  • Cynic

    I have many Dominican friends so when I read this my first concern was for them. Then I read that the Wedding was in an ‘Exclusive Community”….No Problem. No friends of mine frequent such places.

  • Dave

    What a wonderful souvenir to bring back from the beautiful DR!!!

  • giselle

    I am going to DR in May for the first time but did my homework – first thing they tell you: dont drink the water, dont even put it in your mouth while taking a shower or brushing your teeth, dont eat any foods that cannot be peeled or cooked thoroughly and DONT EAT SHELLFISH! Do a litle research before visiting ANY foreign country! This handy-dandy internet thingy is awesome for that

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