Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cholera outbreak spreads throughout quake-ravaged Haiti

Having already survived a landmark Jan. 12 earthquake and subsequent hurricane, as well as tropical storms, the island republic of Haiti has a new concern.

According to published reports, Haiti is experiencing a cholera outbreak that has claimed the lives of about 200 people thus far, while afflicting approximately 2,000 Haitians. Public health officials have fears that the epidemic will spread to the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince.

Haitian Medical Association President Claude Surena said there are already 2.4 million living in dangerous situations and this epidemic poses a substantial threat to them. Cholera is a disease that dehydrates people, with frequent diarrhea, among other symptoms. Haiti last experienced a cholera outbreak about a century ago. The disease is associated with standing and fetid water.

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