Haiti's dry season lowers cholera rates

As Haiti settles into its dry season, humanitarian groups are noticing a steady decline in the number of cholera cases.
According to Wendy Lai, a medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders Holland, the number of cholera cases has dropped to an average of 10 to 20 cases a day in two separate treatment centers in Port-au-Prince. This drop compares with an average of 30 to 40 cases a day just a month earlier, the Associated Press reports.
The current figures are similar to an earlier low of nine to 15 cases seen at treatment centers in July.
"We're pretty close to the low as we've ever been," Lai said, according to the AP.
The infection rate of cholera has fluctuated with Haiti's rainy and dry seasons, with the spikes typically attributable to the floods and showers that cause the waterborne disease to spread more freely in unsanitary conditions.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released a report on Tuesday stating that health officials are logging an average of 300 cases nationwide per day, down from 500 cases per day a month ago. The agency also reports that fatalities have continued to drop or have stabilized in all of Haiti's 10 departments, with the exception of the Southeast.
Health officials say that the outbreak has killed close to 7,000 people and has sickened another 515,000.