Cholera makes comeback in Haiti

Following weeks of heavy rains, the cholera outbreak that swept Haiti has returned.

Dozens of new patients per day are descending on a treatment center in Mirebalis, a town about one hour's drive from the capital of Port-au-Prince, reports. Many of the new patients are reported to be near death because of dehydration.

A five-fold jump in patients was reported at the center between April and May and has not abated, Louise Ivers, a senior health and policy adviser to the U.S.-based Partners in Health, told

"When people come here, they're in critical condition, ready to die," Francole Adonis, who registers the new arrivals at the center, said, according to "They're collapsing in the yard. The situation is horrible."

The number of new cases rose to 1,700 a day in mid-June, which was three times higher than the number of cases reported per day in March. That number fell to 1,000 a day by the end of June, but the return of the rainy season has sparked fears that infections could surge.

At least 370,000 people have been sickened and more than 5,500 have died as a result of the outbreak of cholera that began in October, the country's Health Ministry reports.