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Northern Haiti faces cholera spread

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 01:48

Nov 13 - Haiti's third-largest city of Gonaives combats the cholera outbreak spreading across the country, which has already killed at least 800.

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The faces of the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Children and elderly crammed into a hospital in the northern city of -- a here residents and relief workers brace themselves for continued -- of the epidemic. At least 800 people have died in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country that the United Nations warns -- to 200000 Haitians could contract the disease. Following hurricane Thomas earlier this month -- on increasing cholera cases. But whether the rough weather was the factor is that no doctor Jason herb of the international medical corps. The number of cases did increase rapidly right after the after the hurricane we're not sure that's related to the hurricane or not. We do know is that -- cases have increased. Largely in and on the eve festival. So Roberts a hospital and -- or hospital have both seen this very very fast increase. And go to struggling to make sure that the best care possible can be provided to this are sick. has all the classic risk factors for the disease dirty drinking water poorly disposed human wastes food contamination. And poor living conditions and overcrowded camps for displaced survivors of January's quake. To make matters worse and the lack of the disease prior to the outbreak puts the entire population at risk as no one has immunity. Over 111000 people have been hospitalized with the disease in the last three weeks with a death rate at six to 7%. The UN is now asking for roughly a 160 million dollars to combat the epidemic. Over the next year he and -- Reuters.

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Northern Haiti faces cholera spread

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 01:48