9 November 2010 – Thirteen people are dead and another 64 people have been admitted to hospital in Papua New Guinea following a suspected cholera outbreak on the island of Daru.
The National newspaper quotes the acting chief executive of Daru General Hospital, Dr Amos Lano, as saying that 260 people have been treated in the past three weeks.
Lano says those who died were children who had suffered from acute diarrhoea,
abdominal pain and vomiting.
He says authorities are waiting for the results of tests. In the meantime, he says, those with symptoms are being treated as cholera victims.
Nov 9, 2010 – Health officials in Haiti say they are investigating at least 120 suspected cases of cholera in the capital of Port-au-Prince.
If the tests come back positive, it will confirm fears that the water-borne disease has spread beyond the Artibonite region north of the capital, where the epidemic has been centered since it was first detected last month.
The Haitian health ministry says 544 people have died since the outbreak began, while more than 8,000 people have been hospitalized. The disease has spread to half of the Caribbean nation’s 10 administrative regions.
Aid workers expressed concerns the cholera epidemic would spread after floods triggered by Hurricane Tomas, which struck Haiti last week. Cholera is transmitted through contaminated water, and causes diarrhea and vomiting, leading to severe dehydration.
The United Nations has warned that Haitians living in crowded tent cities since January’s devastating earthquake are susceptible to cholera, due to the poor sanitary conditions.
Nov 11, 2010 – The health authorities said on Monday they were examined at least 120 suspected cases of cholera in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. At least 114 suspected cases suspected of having the disease in the capital come from Cité Soleil. The samples are being analyzed at the National Laboratory to confirm the presence of bacteria Vibrio cholerae “We are working on the case… We still do not have a confirmation,” said Gabriel Timothée, the Director General of the Ministry of Health.
If the laboratory confirms the presence of cholera, a population of 2.5 to 3 million people will be threatened with almost half live in camps. Timothée said that many patients are suspected to come from the Artibonite.
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