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Cholera epidemic in Haiti spreading faster than initially predicted

Senior UN official expects death toll to reach 2,000


 

A senior UN official says Haiti’s cholera epidemic is spreading faster than predicted and warned it could affect thousands more people before it’s over. Since it first broke in October, cholera has claimed at least 1,344 lives in the country. It has spread rapidly through crowded housing, and the camps and the makeshift shelters where earthquake victims have taken residence. Nigel Fisher, the UN’s humanitarian co-coordinator in Haiti, believes cholera will continue to spread and said the realistic death toll will be close to 2,000. The number of cases is currently at about 70,000—20,000 more than the original estimate of 50,000.

The Guardian


 
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