Cholera cases drop in Haiti as rainy season ends

Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, has seen a dramatic drop in the number of reported cholera cases as the annual rainy season concludes.

Despite the fall in cases, the Haitian government and health organizations are being urged to continue their focus on stemming the outbreak as the hurricane season reaches its peak, according to

Thierry Goffeau, the head of mission for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti, said that it is important for authorities to continue their work, despite the decline.

"It's important for the U.N., the international donors to increase their support," Goffeau said, reports.

Goffeau said Doctors without Borders saw the number of weekly cholera cases in Port-au-Prince rise from 708 in late April to 1,354 in late May. Last week, the aid organization treated 528 people in the densely populated city.

In the organization's cholera treatment center in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Drouillard, the once-filled 75-bed facility had only 10 patients.

The number of cholera cases in Haiti spiked in early March when the rainy season began. Nightly showers drenched the capital and health officials reported approximately 77 new cases every day, according to

Doctors Without Borders and other humanitarian aid organizations said that they fear another spike in the number of cholera cases as the country heads into the peak of hurricane season.