|Published:||Nov 18, 2010 3:24 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 17, 2010 1:56 PM EST|
Naples, Fla- Florida's Health Department is confirming a case of cholera in Collier County.
Officials say the woman contracted the disease while visiting family in Haiti earlier this month. She developed the classic symptoms, including diaherrea, and went to the emergency room. Dr. Thomas Torok says the patient has since recovered. Privacy law prohibit the Health Department from releasing more information about the woman or when her case was confirmed.
The Health Department says the illness is not a complete surprised because of the outbreak in Haiti. Doctors statewide are being asked to report possible cases of cholera in people who recently visited Haiti.
The death toll now from the epidemic is over 1,000. Haiti's president is appealing for calm amid fears that riots aimed at U.N. peacekeepers over the epidemic could spread to the capital, saying the violence has hurt efforts to fight the disease.
Cholera is a bacterial infection contracted when feces from the sick person get into the water people drink and food they eat.
WINK News will have more on this story tonight starting at 5:00.