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Cholera Outbreak Threatens Haiti As Nation Begins Recovery From Hurricane Matthew

Los Angeles Times: In Hurricane Matthew’s wake, Haiti is left to face an old foe: cholera
“…The waterborne disease was a scourge even before Hurricane Matthew roared across the Tiburon Peninsula eight days ago. Cholera was inadvertently brought to the country in the wake of the disastrous 2010 earthquake by Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers, an act for which the world body only recently acknowledged responsibility. The Caribbean country, the hemisphere’s poorest, now has one of the world’s highest cholera rates…” (King, 10/12).

NPR: Doctors Raise Concerns About Possible Cholera Outbreak In Haiti
“NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Unni Krishnan, director of Save the Children’s emergency health unit in Haiti, about concern that Hurricane Matthew’s destruction could lead to a spike in cholera cases…” (10/12).

Reuters: Haiti tries to get hurricane aid right, but cholera blamed on U.N. weighs
“Foreign medics with orange stretchers and gallons of chlorine are stemming a cholera outbreak on Haiti’s hurricane-struck coast but the focus on a disease U.N. peacekeepers brought here six years ago is slowing the delivery of food and shelter for storm victims…” (Stargardter/Brice, 10/13).

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