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by Kathryn Will for The News Portal at 6:47pm on 25th of October 2010

Officials are hopeful that the cholera outbreak in Haiti is stabilising. 250 people have died and over 3000 are infected since the outbreak of the disease last week.

Last night the director of Haiti’s Health Department stated that while the death toll is rising, it has slowed compared to the previous 24 hours. While this is optimistic, the situation remains worrying as concerns mount about the disease spreading to the Capital City, Port-au-Prince where 5 people have already been infected.

1.3 million impoverished people remain in tent cities in the capital after Haiti’s devastating earthquake last January. The disease poses an extremely serious threat.

Cholera is an airborne disease that is spread by poor sanitary conditions. If untreated it can be lethal in a matter of hours. Aid agencies have set up treatment centres and the UN is trying to educate locals about how to prevent it from spreading.



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Haiti cholera death toll rises
PressTV - 9:00pm Monday 29th of November 2010
The death toll from a cholera outbreak in quake-stricken Haiti has surged to 1,721 since the disease was first detected in mid-October, the health ministry has announced. ...
Candidates cry fraud in Haitian electoral crisis
The Independent - 3:00am Monday 29th of November 2010
The elections in Haiti were thrown into turmoil, with fears of impending violence, after the main opposition candidates for the presidency demanded the cancellations of the polls following widespread ...
Chaos and corruption mar Haiti elections
The Independent - 1:30am Monday 29th of November 2010
The disappearance of ballot boxes, voters kept away from polls by cholera, and gunfire at a leading candidate's rally marked Haiti's first elections yesterday since its devastating earthquake. ...
Haitian authorities refuse to annul election
Xinhua News Agency - 12:30am Monday 29th of November 2010
28(Xinhua)--President of Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council(PEC)Gailloto Dorsainvil on Sunday ruled out any possibility of annulling the nation's general elections in a public response to fraud acc ...
British aid to help fight Haiti cholera epidemic
The Independent - 8:00pm Sunday 28th of November 2010
Britain will supply more than 1,000 medical staff to help fight the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti, the government announced today. ...
Haitians Face Disarray at the Polls
New York Times - 8:00pm Sunday 28th of November 2010
Delays, arrests and accusations of fraud marked the first morning of Haiti’s first election since January’s earthquake. ...
Haitian voters protest poll delays in the cholera-hit country
Daily Mail - 7:52pm Sunday 28th of November 2010
In the earthquake-ravaged capital Port-au-Prince, Haitians voters were desperately searching for the polling stations where their names were registered. ...
Uploaded on Nov 20 2010  ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY A member of the Haitian Ministry of Health body-collection team helps to prepare the body of Nixon Merise, 24, who died of cholera on Friday, for removing his body from his home in the Carrefour neighborhood of Port-au-Prince November 20, 2010. The United Nations-led international response to Haiti's deadly cholera epidemic is inadequate and woefully short of funding, aid groups, including the U.N. humanitarian agency, said on Friday. REUTERS/Allison Shelley (HAITI - Tags: HEALTH) TEMPLATE OUT

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