Nearly 450 deaths from cholera in Haiti

The Haitian Ministry of Health acknowledged on Wednesday, November 4, 2010, that deaths due to cholera outbreak in the Caribbean country amounted to 442. The Government explained that cases were detected in 5 out of ten Island departments.

The Director of Family Health, Jocelyne Pierre Louis , estimated that in recent days 105 new victims were registered. The registry of the Ministry of Health indicates that more than 6 thousand people are hospitalized.

The authorities estimated the growth of fatal victims .

A few days ago, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned about the cholera epidemic currently facing Haiti. And he estimated that it can spread for years.

The first cases of cholera were detected in the departments of Artibonite and Plateau Central . While in the last days there were new outbreaks in West, Northwest and North.

Meanwhile, United Nations Mission for the Stabilization of Haiti (MINUSTAH) issued a statement where it justified the rapid growth of the epidemic.

The text states that "the difficulty, including the impossibility of accurately determining the way cholera arrived in Haiti".

Cholera is expressed through diarrhea Y vomiting that cause a strong dehydration in the victim.

Worldwide there is a vaccine to treat the disease , but Haiti does not have it since it was not considered as a risk zone for the condition.

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What is cholera and how to avoid it

Cholera is an acute, diarrheal disease caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which manifests as an intestinal infection and can cause death. This is very common when hygiene conditions are precarious or nil. That is why it occurs in places where there has recently been a natural disaster such as earthquakes or hurricanes.

But it never hurts to be alert to any outbreak in our community. To prevent this disease from entering your home, you should take the following precautions:


  • Avoid or disinfect water and vegetables and fruits of questionable hygiene:
  • Put a chlorine tablet for the equivalent amount of water to be taken.
  • Alternatively boil the water.
  • Soak the raw vegetables or fruits, in water with a chlorine tablet, during the time advised by the instructions.
  • Thoroughly wash hands before eating or handling food.

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