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Volume 17, Number 11—November 2011
THEME ISSUE
CHOLERA IN HAITI

Letter

Preparing Health Care Workers for a Cholera Epidemic, Dominican Republic, 2010

Consuelo Mendoza, Elissa MeitesComments to Author , Elizabeth Briere, Jacqueline Gernay, Oliver Morgan, Nelson Rodriguez Monegro, and for the Hospital Preparedness Working Group
Author affiliations: Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (C. Mendoza, N. Rodriguez Monegro); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (E. Meites, E. Briere, O. Morgan); Pan American Health Organization, Santo Domingo (J. Gernay)

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Table

Percentage of 233 hospital staff correctly answering cholera knowledge assessment questions near the start of a cholera epidemic in the Dominican Republic, 2010

Topic No. (%)
Importance of rehydration 207 (89)
Suspected cholera case definitions 206 (88)
Nutrition for cholera patients 198 (85)
Ideal type of intravenous fluid 189 (81)
Infection control measures 175 (75)
Environmental cleaning 168 (72)
Risk factors for disease 157 (67)
Handling cadavers 146 (63)
Quantity and timing of intravenous fluid 128 (55)
Uses of bleach solution 128 (55)
Treatment of mild dehydration 125 (54)
Identification of severe dehydration 122 (52)
Treatment of severe dehydration 108 (46)
Disinfection methods 100 (43)

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1Additional members of the Hospital Preparedness Working Group who contributed data: Ada Compres, Edelmira Espaillat, Carolina Garcia, Lucas Gomez, Cesarina Hernandez, Rosa Sanchez, and Lilian de los Santos, Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Javier Gabaldón and Alberto Romero, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Santo Domingo; and Robert Quick and Jennifer Verani, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.

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