Cholera returns to vulnerable Haiti, killing at least seven


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Port-au-Prince. At least seven people have died from the disease cholera in Haiti, where around 10,000 people lost their lives in a violent outbreak during the 2010s.

This was announced by the health authorities in the country on Sunday.

Cholera is an acute diarrheal disease that, without adequate treatment, is often fatal.

The outbreak, which began in 2010, was believed to have been caused by UN peacekeepers from Nepal.

In the wake of the violent earthquake in January 2010, the disease is believed to have been spread in Haiti via the country’s largest river from a UN camp.

Now, cases of the disease have again been confirmed in the country. Director General of the Ministry of Health in Haiti, Laure Adrien, says this at a press conference.

– According to the available information, the number of deaths is around seven to eight, he says.

– There has been one death during today.

According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the cholera outbreak in Haiti is considered to be among the worst outbreaks of the disease in recent times.

Disease continued to spread in Haiti until 2019. However, the number of cases already began to decline steadily in 2016.

in 2020, according to the Pan American Health Organization (Paho), which is part of the UN, there were no confirmed cases.

Cholera’s return to Haiti comes at a time when the country is struggling with the effects of a blockade of the country’s main fuel port.

It has carried out several marches in protest against expected increases in fuel prices. The blockade has led to both petrol and water shortages.

The disease is often spread via water contaminated with the faeces of sick people. Therefore, clean drinking water is of vital importance to prevent the spread.

One of the country’s major producers of bottled water, the Caribbean Bottling Company, states on Sunday that the company can no longer produce and supply water to the population.

The company has run out of diesel – a crucial element in the supply chain.

With proper treatment, cholera’s mortality rate is under one percent, according to the Statens Serum Institut.

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