Friday, October 22, 2010

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Cholera... Goodness. Haven't heard of this one since a biology textbook. This disease is transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food and water. It's symptoms include extreme diarrhea and vomiting and can turn fatal if not treated as soon as possible. Cases of death are due to dehydration.

I found the following article online

WASHINGTON, DC, October 22, 2010 (ENS) - A cholera outbreak in Haiti has claimed 138 lives and sickened more than 1,500 other people, the World Health Organization, WHO, said today. The bacterial disease is occurring in Artibonite province, which is not an area directly affected by the devastating earthquake of January 12.

"It is likely that the outbreak will continue to spread, but with adequate provision of services, mortality can be maintained at very low levels," PAHO Deputy Director Dr. Jon Andrus said today.

PAHO has mobilized epidemiologists and other experts from its office in Port-au-Prince and from other countries to help local and national authorities assess and deal with the event, which is the first time cholera has appeared on the island of Hispaniola, shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres medical teams immediately traveled to the affected areas, which are north of the capital Port-au-Prince, along the Artibonite River, between the cities of Saint-Marc and Mirebalais. Teams are treating patients and implementing necessary measures to prevent the outbreak from spreading.

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