Cholera cases in Haiti could reach 500,000 by year's end

Cholera medicine being sorted for distribution to flood victims in Haiti

Cholera cases in the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti could reach half a million by the end of this year if current trends continue.

That's the prediction of the World Health Organization (WHO) as the country expects heavy rainfall this season.

The agency has called on the international community and its donors to remain vigilant and attentive to the risks of cholera outbreaks in the near future.

WHO's spokesman in Geneva, Tarik Jasarevic, gives an update on the cholera situation in Haiti.

"As of 9 October 2011, the cumulative number of reported cholera cases was close to 470,000 of which 250,000 persons were hospitalized, and 6,595 persons had died. The exact figures could be found in the note at the back of the room. If current trends continued, they could expect another 75,000 cases by the end of the year, bringing the total cases to approximately 500,000 since the beginning of the epidemic."

Haiti is struggling to rebuild following last year's earthquake which killed over 200,000 people.

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Nearly 470,000 cholera cases reported in Haiti over the past year – UN

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