Secretary of State Clinton hails slowing of Haitian cholera

Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, has hailed the news that the cholera wave that has killed over 4,000 Haitians since October 2010 is receding.

"I want to first of all express my great appreciation and admiration for everyone working to stem and then reverse the cholera epidemic," Clinton said, according to AFP. "It's a good news story to the extent that the numbers are diminishing but it's by no means over. They are still admitting patients, as they did today. Thankfully we are better equipped to be able to save lives and limit the fatalities but we have a long way to go, just as we have a long way to go with our work in Haiti."

Clinton emphasized during her visit to a severe cases cholera ward where women, men and children lay on cots with IVs attached to their arms that U.S. commitment to the health needs of the Haitians is essential, AFP reports.

"We're seeing a decrease in the number of cholera cases," Steven Smith, a health official at the U.S. embassy, told Clinton, according to AFP. "Even more important, we're seeing a decrease in the number of fatalities."

Despite the positive swing, there are still hundreds of new cases reported every day. There have been 209,034 reported cases of the disease as of  January 24, the Haitian health ministry reports.