Cholera outbreak in Haiti not yet over

young girl with cholera Cholera remains a major threat to public health in Haiti, seven months since the outbreak of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. To date nearly 5,000 people have died of cholera in Haiti, with over 290,000 cases reported. WHO says although much effort has gone into containing the cholera outbreak, new pockets of the epidemic continue to emerge, the latest being in the West district. WHO says emergency cholera treatment supplies have been sent to the affected region to contain the outbreak and prevent it from reaching the capital Port au Prince. Fadela Chaib is from the World Health Organization.

The cholera treatment units are still active in the country, so we can treat people who are infected. Because of the big cholera outbreak that happened, there is a better understanding of the symptoms and treatment. It is a remainder that we cannot let down our guard. It's not yet over. Cholera cases will stay in Haiti for many years to come unless the situation of water and sanitation is fixed.

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