The Dominican Republic has detected its first case of cholera, following the outbreak of the disease in neighbouring Haiti last month. The patient is a Haitian migrant who had recently returned from his homeland, the health minister said.
The Dominican authorities had stepped up border controls and health checks to try to stop cholera from spreading from Haiti.
More than 1,000 Haitians have died of the disease.
Dominican health minister Bautista Rojas said the patient, a 32-year-old Haitian construction worker, was being treated in isolation in the eastern town of Higuey.
Like Haiti, the Dominican Republic had not had a confirmed case of cholera in more than a century until this year.In Haiti, the government says 1,034 people have died and the disease is still spreading rapidly