UN and partners responding to rising cholera cases in Haiti’s Ouest province

Cholera patients await treatment in L’Estere, Haiti

UN News Centre:27 May 2011 – Health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, a spokesperson for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

“Given the early detection of alerts, a prompt response is under way,” Fadela Chaib, the WHO spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.

She said the current surge in the number of cases in Ouest department is a reminder of the need for vigilance. “Haiti will be facing cholera for years unless water and sanitation issues are properly fixed,” said Ms. Chaib.

A cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti in October last year has claimed more than 4,500 lives and nearly 300,000 people fell ill with the disease. Fresh infections continue to occur.

A report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was responsible for the fast-moving outbreak.

The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian Government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera.


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  1. Cholera has never slowed down.
    It is just not reported because much is happening where there are no foreigners to see it. Therefore these deaths did not happen because the blan was not there as a witness.

    Many more than 5000 have died. I bet it is closer to 30,000, but then, the world community is now suggesting only 50,000 were killed in the earthquake.

    What an insult to me and my countrymen.

    USAID – the authors of this lie – should be thrown out of Haiti forever.

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