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Haiti: 11 Thousand Infected With Cholera

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The number of victims affected by the cholera epidemic in Haiti has now reached more than 700 fatalities with around 11,100 people infected with the disease.

The number has been growing day by day since the outbreak four weeks ago and according to the Ministry of Health the figure in the capital is also rising.

The chief of infectious diseases at Port-au-Prince Hostpital, Yves Lambert, said that they had received high numbers of new patients in the last few days and that if the disease carried on spreading at this speed they would quickly be overwhelmed.

On Thursday the country suffered a low-magnitude earthquake that caused alarm amongst the population.

On 12th January the Caribbean country suffered an earthquake with its epicentre in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The quake left 300,000 dead, 4,000 injured and more that 1.5m homeless.

Ten months later survivors are still living in tents in overcrowded conditions because of a lack of public resources and failure on the part of the international community in delivering aid to the Caribbean island.

In July the Haitian representative at the UN, Leslie Voltair, said that the country had only received 2% of nearly US $10bn promised by the international community for reconstruction.

Story courtesy of Agencia Pulsar, a news agency run by AMARC-ALC network of community radios.

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  1. […] have turned on UN Peacekeepers as Haitians have blamed the troops for being the source of the current cholera epidemic. The United Nations for Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) clashed with the protestors, […]


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