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Cholera kills 7, 000 in Haiti

01-08-2012 16:32 BJT

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Cholera infection has killed nearly 7, 000 people and infected more than 520, 000 in Haiti. The UN World Health Organization’s Pan-America Health Organization described it as the "one of the largest epidemics of the disease in modern history to affect a single country".

PAHO’s official said about 200 new cases per day are reported in Haiti and the situation is getting worse. Haiti’s outbreak erupted in October 2010 and has been widely blamed on a camp of UN peacekeepers from Nepal.

As most people lack public sewage system, Haitians have to drink the water they used to bathe or defecate, rapidly spreading the infection throughout the unsanitary capital. There are also 21 thousand cases founded in the neighbouring Dominican Republic, where there have been more than 300 deaths.

People with cholera wait for relief in a hospital near Port-au-Prince, in 2010. Nearly
7,000 people have now died from cholera in Haiti in an epidemic which has become one of the
worst of recent decades, a top health official said Friday. (AFP Photo/Thony Belizaire)


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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