Heavy Rains Increasing Number Of Cholera Cases In Haiti

Heavy rains in Haiti have increased the number of cholera cases in the country, the Associated Press/Seattle Times reports.

“Alain Legarnec, mission chief for the French aid group Doctors of the World, said Friday that a clinic in the southwestern town of Jeremie treated 77 people for cholera in recent days. That’s a fivefold increase from last week and was most likely caused by rising river levels, he said,” the news service reports.

“In Port-au-Prince, what we’re seeing is the outbreak is ongoing and spreading,” Sylvain Groulx, Doctors Without Borders’ chief of mission in Haiti, said. “Whenever there’s a rainy season … it often has consequences on these epidemics” (Daniel, 6/10).