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Officials Confirm 3 Cases Of Cholera In NYC

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In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, a girl suffering cholera symptoms receives treatment at the Doctors Without Borders temporary hospital in Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, a girl suffering cholera symptoms receives treatment at the Doctors Without Borders temporary hospital in Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) – New York City officials have confirmed that three New Yorkers contracted cholera while in the Dominican Republic for a wedding.

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, where thousands have died from cholera.

A medical epidemiologist for the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told The New York Times Saturday that all three New Yorkers who were infected have recovered.

Dr. Sharon Balter said the city typically sees an average of one case of cholera per year.

City health officials are now working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to determine whether the current strain is similar to the one that has been raging in Haiti since October.

Three cholera deaths have been reported in the Dominican Republic.


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