CHOLERA CASES TRIPLE WITH START OF RAINY SEASON

May 2, 2012
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) – The number of cholera cases has tripled in the cholera treatment centers of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Port au Prince and Leogane in less than a month. According to the MSF report, 134 people in the town of Martissant at the end of April and nearly 400 in total in the different cholera treatment centers of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Port-au-Prince and Leogane.

The arrival of the rainy season facilitates the spread of the disease.To cope with this influx of patients, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had to reopen a  cholera treatment centers  in Carrefour, south of the capital for institutions in Martissant, Delmas and Drouillard, closer to the center and north, from being overwhelmed.

“The sewers in my neighborhood are overflowing and we live in unhealthy conditions, without clean water or soap,” Marie says. ”I had diarrhea and was vomiting a lot, then I fainted,” she recounted.

Recall that 225 cholera cases were reported to the central plateau, the town of Hinche knows the greatest number of infections.

Since the epidemic began in October 2010, cholera has killed more than 7,000 people (out of approximately 500,000 cases recorded, a number that represents approximately 5 percent of the population).  As soon as the first cases were confirmed, MSF set up an unprecedented effort across the country, treating more than 30 percent of the total number of patients on its own.

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