Haitian cholera outbreak death toll tops 6,000

According to reports from the United Nations, the Haitian cholera outbreak, thought to have originated from Nepalese UN peacekeepers, has claimed over 6,000 lives and caused approximately 400,000 total infections.
The UN has thus far been ineffective in battling the outbreak that has plagued the earthquake-ravaged Haiti for over a year. The UN speculates that the contagion has spread as a result of Haitians relying on rivers as their main source of water for drinking, washing and bathing, Pop Decay reports.
The UN confirmed that Nepalese cholera was not present in Haiti prior to the peacekeeping mission to help the county recover from the massive earthquake that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, but the UN has not yet offered an explanation of how cholera infected UN peacekeepers were allowed into Haiti in the first place.
Epidemiologists have said that the number of infections has recently spiked in many provinces, according to Pop Decay.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cholera is an acute diarrheal illness that is caused by an infection of the intestine with the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. The disease infects an estimated three to five million people each year and claims the lives of over 100,000 people annually around the world. Without treatment for the symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting and leg cramps, death can occur within hours.