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Two confirmed cases of the acute waterborne diarrheal illness Cholera, one resulting in death, have been detected so far, health ministry officials said on Sunday. Cholera killed about 10,000 people in the country after the 2010 earthquake.
The Pan-American Health Organization said healthcare facilities reported an increase in severe acute diarrhea among hospitalized adults and children in Port au Prince and that more than 20 suspected cholera cases and seven suspected deaths were being investigated. The announcement of cholera’s potential resurgence came as Haiti confronts a confluence of humanitarian and political crises that have left many people at risk of infection and threaten to imperil a response.
The fuel shortages reportedly caused by the gangs; have also compelled at least one major distributor of potable water to shut down. Gang blockades have prevented water trucks from resupplying some neighborhoods, and fuel is also needed to make city water pumps work, Guito Edouard, chief of Haiti’s sanitation agency, said at a news conference Sunday.
Violent armed gangs have tightened their chokehold on several parts of the country, at times blocking the movement of critical humanitarian aid and other supplies. The G-9 federation of gangs has for several weeks blocked access to the main fuel terminal here, forcing businesses and hospitals to reduce their hours or shut down altogether.
Cholera is spread primarily when people ingest contaminated food or water. The disease is extremely virulent and if untreated can kill people within hours.
Credit: The Washington Post, New York Times, Pan-American Health Organization.