4,000 now dead in Haiti cholera outbreak

The death toll in Haiti's cholera outbreak now stands at 4,030, according to the World Health Organization.

Haiti Cholera patients receiving treatment

Haiti Cholera patients receiving treatment

Nearly 210,000 cases of cholera have been reported since the disease was first confirmed in October last year.

WHO says the cholera outbreak appears to be stabilizing, with the number of new cases reported daily being sometimes smaller than those reported the previous day.

However the number of cholera cases in rural areas continues to increase due to poor access to health care and cholera prevention information.

WHO says the average number of new hospital admissions now stands at about 7,000 per week.

In the meantime WHO says it has launched investigations into four suspected cases of paralysis which occurred in cholera patients in the North West coastal city of Port de Paix.

WHO says it suspects the paralysis was most likely the result of food or drug contamination as opposed to polio.

But as a precautionary measure, vaccine against polio has been included in the vaccination campaign against diphtheria and measles in the North West Department.

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