SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2018

Cholera cases in Haiti this year may top 500,000

According to projections by the World Health Organization, the number of cholera cases in Haiti may reach 500,000 by the end of the year.
In October, the WHO had already recorded 470,000 cases since the epidemic began in the Caribbean nation last October. Since the epidemic broke out, the disease has killed 6,600 people, RJR News reports.
"If current trends continue, we can expect around 75,000 more cases by the end of the year bringing the total to approximately 500,000 cases since the beginning of the epidemic," Tarik Jasarevic, a WHO spokesman, said, according to RJR News.
The organization warned that while the new cholera cases in Haiti halved in August, the rainy season is once again worsening the situation. Jasarevic said that multiple WHO partners had withdrawn or were scaling back their operations in Haiti due to a lack of funding. The agency urged donors and the humanitarian community to remain vigilant as long term and coordinated cholera response may be needed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness that is caused by the infection of the intestine by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. While infection is often mild or without symptoms, it can sometimes be severe and can lead to profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, leg cramps, dehydration, shock and death.