Mexican health authorities said that the cholera outbreak in the central region of the country is "under control" and that a total of 184 cases have been confirmed in four states and Mexico City.

" The total number of confirmed cases in the country stands at 184 up to now and includes two in Mexico City, two in San Luis Potosi, nine in Mexico state, 11 in the state of Veracruz and 160 in Hidalgo," the federal Health Secretariat said in a communique.

The department said the epidemic was controlled thanks to the care and prevention measures in effect, plus the public's cooperation with official recommendations on how to keep the disease from spreading.

It also said that in the campaign against cholera some 53,000 homes were visited, 58,000 envelopes of oral serum and more than 22,000 bottles of colloidal silver were delivered, 18 tons of chlorine for purifying water were distributed, and laboratory tests were made of over 2,000 samples from the water system.

Cholera is caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, which causes symptoms of diarrhea and severe dehydration that can be lethal in a matter of hours if the person is not treated, and it develops amid insalubrious conditions that contaminate the water. EFE