A ProMED-mail post - Date: Tue 16 Nov 2010
Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
More than 1000 people have died from cholera in Haiti and 16 800 have been hospitalized, health officials said Tue 16 Nov 2010, as the outbreak spreads among earthquake survivors in the capital’s tent cities.
The health ministry death toll of 1034, accurate up to Sun 14 Nov 2010, is 117 higher than the last official toll announced at the weekend, nearly a month after the disease surfaced in the desperately poor Caribbean nation.
Authorities also said 16 799 people had received hospital treatment, some 2150 more than the last update.
Haitian officials and aid workers fear the epidemic could spread rapidly if it takes hold in Port-au-Prince’s makeshift camps where hundreds of thousands of earthquake refugees live in cramped and unsanitary conditions.
[The numbers continue to increase and likely will continue for the near future at least. - Mod.LL]
[A continually updated interactive map of the cholera situation in Haiti is available from HealthMap at:
Provides updates on cholera outbreak – http://www.mspp.gouv.ht/site/index.php
Nov 17, 2010 - More than 1,000 people have now died in the cholera outbreak that is sweeping through the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti.
Nov 17, 2010 – A first case of cholera has been detected in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
The death toll in Haiti from a recent outbreak of cholera has climbed past 1,000.
The patient is a 32-year-old Haitian-born man named Wilmont Lowel. His condition was said to be stable.
Mr Lowel is a construction worker who had been at home in Haiti on holiday before returning to the Dominican Republic last Friday.
Dominican authorities have tightened border controls and stepped up health checks in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading from Haiti.
Authorities say they have detained 170 people suspected of trying to get across the border without proper documentation.
‘This really is a serious danger,’ a Dominican Medical Board official said. ‘Cholera could become a pandemic if it spreads on this side of the island. We must avoid a disaster of that scope.’
The outbreak has led to violence in Haiti, between locals and UN peacekeepers, some of whom are feared to have been its source.
Haitian President Rene Preval urged calm yesterday and denounced unnamed groups for taking advantage of the epidemic and natural disasters to spark unrest.
‘Disorder and instability have never brought solutions to a country going through hard times,’ Preval said in a recorded message. ‘You must be even more watchful of those who exploit the country’s misfortunes for their own benefit.’
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