Cholera cases continue to rise in Haiti

There have been more than 18,000 cases of cholera recorded in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince since the beginning of May, which may be related to the start of the rainy season and flooding.

In addition, insufficient funding has led to the decrease of non-governmental organizations fighting cholera in the country, decreasing the number from several hundred organizations at the beginning of the outbreak to around 60. According to the Haiti Ministry of Health, in total, there have been approximately 344,623 cases of cholera and 5,397 deaths since the outbreak of the disease began in October, News Medical reports.

"While the number of new cases recorded within the city has decreased slightly over the last two weeks, the infection continues to spread in rural and isolated areas," Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesperson, said, according to Agence France-Presse.

In addition to the reduction in the number of non-governmental organizations in Haiti, those that have remained have been able to do less as a result of less money.

“For the same reason, the remaining NGOs had cut their programs in providing clean water and sanitation and other measures to contain the epidemic," the WHO said, according to Xinhua.

The neighboring Dominican Republic has also suffered an outbreak of cholera, with 1,727 confirmed cases and 46 deaths.