Thousands of people were queuing today in Madrid and other parts of Spain for anti-cholera vaccination, following the confirmation by the outbreak in the north-eastern province of Saragossa.
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Background: Thousands of people were queuing today in Madrid and other parts of Spain for anti-cholera vaccination, following the confirmation by the outbreak in the north-eastern province of Saragossa.
The World Health Organisation says the outbreak should be easily contained. Seven mild cases have been confirmed and forty-three people are in hospital under observation.
The most popular tourist regions of Spain are not affected by the outbreak, and until this afternoon there was little sign of cancellations according to Spanish authorities.
Should a big cholera outbreak be confirmed, however, vaccination could become compulsory for everyone entering or leaving Spain.
SYNOPSIS: As thousands of people queued in Madrid and all over Spain on Thursday for anti-cholera injections, the Spanish Government reassured holiday makers in the country that they did not at the moment need vaccination. The Spanish authorities stressed that the outbreak was strictly localised in the Jalon valley of Saragossa province.
Seven cases of mild cholera had been confirmed there, but the patients had all recovered, the authorities said, and no new case had been reported. Forty-three people are in hospital under observation. Government officials have also said that about seven million people have been vaccinated against cholera in Spain this year. The extent of the precautions was revealed shortly before the World Health Organisation in Geneva confirmed the outbreak in Saragossa, where almost the whole population has been vaccinated.