U.N. Could Have Prevented Haitian Cholera Outbreak With $2K In Screening Tests, Prophylactic Antibiotics, Study Says
The Guardian: U.N. could have prevented Haiti cholera epidemic with $2,000 health kit — study
“…A team of Yale epidemiologists and lawyers has looked at how the cholera bacterium was introduced to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers relocated there in the aftermath of its 2010 earthquake. Yale’s startling finding is that simple screening tests costing $2.54 each, combined with preventive antibiotics at less than $1 per peacekeeper, could have avoided one of the worst outbreaks of the deadly disease in modern history. … By its reckoning, the epidemic could have been prevented for less than $2,000 — a tiny drop of the $2.2bn that estimates suggest must be spent over the next decade before the disease is eradicated…” (Pilkington/Clarke, 4/14).