Mario Diaz-Balart has asked the Centers for Disease and Prevention to brief members of Congress on plans to avoid a cholera outbreak in the U.S.
The Miami Republican noted the outbreak in Haiti has killed more than 1,300 and that "with Haiti’s proximity to the United States and the exchange of passengers who fly between the two countries daily, it is important that we take the necessary precautionary measures to avoid an epidemic in the U.S."
His letter after the jump:
Dear Director Frieden:
As you know, on Thursday a man who was recently in Haiti traveled to the United States and during the flight exhibited symptoms associated with cholera. At this time it is still unknown whether the man was actually infected with cholera; but with over 400,000 cases of cholera expected in Haiti in the next few months it is possible that infected travelers could make their way to the United States, possibly introducing the deadly disease in the US.
Already there are media reports of two suspected cholera cases in Florida this year and health officials have warned of the possibility of the disease spreading to the United States via air travel from Haiti. In Haiti the disease has killed at least 1,300 people.
As the disease continues to spread in Haiti it is vitally important that the CDC work in conjunction with other relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies to prevent the spread of cholera in the Haiti and in the United States.
To that end I would respectfully request that the CDC provide a briefing on the efforts the agency is undertaking to prevent a cholera outbreak in the United States.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.