Red Cross opens Haitian cholera treatment center

The Red Cross has reopened a cholera treatment center near Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, in an effort to combat a resurgence of a disease that killed more than 5,000 people in late 2010.

Haitian health officials recently announced that at least 10 people have died of cholera in recent days in the areas surrounding Port-au-Prince. The Carrefour hospital, located south of Port-au-Prince, has admitted approximately 1,000 cholera cases, according to AFP.

“The center was originally established last year at the height of the epidemic and we have further stocks of medical equipment...ready to be released," Gerhard Tauscher, the cholera operation coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said, according to AFP.

Although cases of cholera have been reported sporadically in rural areas since the beginning of the year, the worst of the outbreak still appears to be over in Haiti’s urban areas. During the height of the epidemic, dozens of Haitians died every day from the disease. In total, approximately 310,000 people were diagnosed with cholera in late 2010.

In April, Haiti and the Dominican Republic agreed to cooperate in fighting the epidemic. The outbreak raised tensions between the two countries after the Dominican Republic began deporting thousands of illegal Haitian immigrants back across the border beginning in January, according to the Washington Times. Haiti has accused the government in Santo Domingo of using the epidemic as a pretext for the crackdown.