Cholera appears to be waning in Haiti

The number of new cases of cholera reported each day in Haiti continues to decline in all 10 of the country's departments, though some clusters of cases are still being reported in isolated areas.

As of February 21, there have been 234,303 cholera cases, which has led to the deaths of 4,533 people, the Pan American Health Organization reports. Despite reports of the stabilization, there are some worries as health partners begin to pull out of Haiti and organizations have halted public information campaigns.

The current situation overview of the cholera epidemic shows that an ambulance network is operating in the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as a corresponding call center. Stations with oral rehydration posts in communal sections are still in effect.

The Ministry of Public Health and Population said that partners in certain departments in the fight against cholera are disengaging without identifying the need to find replacement facilities and they are not communicating properly with other partners, the Pan American Health Organization reports.

The MSPP said that a lack of an epidemiologist and a poor logistics infrastructure keeps them from transmitting data about the disease and its spread in real time.

The current daily case-fatality rate is 1.6 percent, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Another major health problem currently plaguing Haiti is a bout of methanol poisoning, which has been traced to the ingestion of adulterated clarinin, which is an alcoholic beverage produced only in Haiti. To date, 30 people have been sickened, leading to 12 deaths.