SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Cholera cases continue in Haiti

World health officials recently released a report on incidences of cholera throughout undeveloped parts of the Americas that showed the disease remains the deadliest in Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake in January 2010.

According to the report, released by the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization, between the beginning of the epidemic in October 2010-approximately 10 months after a massive earthquake killed more than 200,000 and displaced more than one million-and mid-February of 2014 more than 703,000 cholera cases were reported.

Of the cases reported in Haiti, 56 percent of affected patients were hospitalized and more than 8,500 people died from the disease-mortality rates range from 0.6 percent to 4.4 percent in some areas. The Haitian health departments of Nippes and Nord Est have not recorded any new cases since the beginning of May.

Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, over 31,000 cases of cholera were reported between November 2010 and mid-May, 471 cases of which resulted in death. Overall, a decline in the number of cases has been reported since the beginning of the year.

In Mexico, health officials confirmed three cases of cholera within the same family in 2014. All three patients indicated they had consumed street foods, and the country took preventative measures in response to the outbreak. In 2013, 187 cases of cholera and one death were recorded nationwide.