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Cholera in Haiti

Back in May, I used this blog to keep everyone updated on my week in Haiti. Since coming back, the struggling island has still been in my heart.

So it literally broke my heart to read about a new problem for Haiti: For the first time in 50 years, cholera has hit the Caribbean island. When I first read about this in the New York Times, there were 150 deaths and relief workers worried the outbreak would head to Port-au-Prince where more than 1 million people still live in tent cities.

Today, I read on the BBC website that there are now more than 200 deaths and five cases in the capital city. And 2,674 cases have been reported.

The BBC reports (I’ve left the British spellings):

Those in the camps are highly vulnerable to the intestinal infection, which is caused by bacteria transmitted through contaminated water or food.

Cholera causes diarrhoea and vomiting leading to severe dehydration, and can kill quickly if left untreated through rehydration and antibiotics.

So far, the Port-au-Prince cases have been isolated, and originated in another area. So it’s possible there won’t be an epidemic in the tent cities. I’m hoping that this time, Haiti can catch some sort of break.

Read the rest of the BBC story here.

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