Haitian cholera death toll reaches 5,200

Haitian health authorities recently announced that more than 5,200 people have died from cholera over the last seven months.

The first cases of cholera in Haiti’s worst outbreak in more than a century occurred in the Arbonite province north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, in October, according to

At least 300,000 people have been infected since the outbreak began, at an estimated rate of 560 new infections every day.

A rash of new cholera cases in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, recently prompted the Health Ministry to declare a state of alert in several of the city’s neighborhoods. The Dominican Republic had not detected a single cholera case in the country for at least a century before the devastating outbreak occurred in neighboring Haiti.

Since the beginning of the outbreak in the Dominican Republic in November, 750 cases have been reported and fourteen people have died, according to The first death from cholera in the country occurred in January.

The recent release of a joint French-Haitian study pointed to the arrival of United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal as a potential origin of the outbreak, though the evidence is circumstantial.

The group said that human activity was the source of the outbreak, but also said the disease could not have spread without the deficiencies in Haiti’s water, sanitation and sewer systems, according to CIDRAP News.