Haiti’s cholera death toll has jumped by some 210 people, with more than 2,400 now having succumbed to the epidemic, health officials said on Wednesday, after days of hope that the outbreak had begun to taper off.
The cholera outbreak ravaging Haiti is part of a worldwide pandemic that began 50 years ago and should be easy to stop — with technology developed in the 1800s.
Haiti’s poor sanitation system, however, makes it vulnerable to a disease that first swept the United States and other parts of the world more than 150 years ago. The current global wave of cholera — the seventh in recorded history — made its way from Asia to Africa then Latin America, and is now back for its second strike at this hemisphere.
With the opening of a new centre for cholera treatment in Carrefour, Haiti, the number of such facilities set up by Cuban doctors in an effort to stop the spreading of the disease now totals nine.
A french disease expert has reportedly confirmed what many in the Haitian community have been saying for months now — that the cholera epidemic sweeping haiti is largely linked to U.N. troops there.
Health officials in Haiti say the death toll from the country’s cholera epidemic has risen to more than 2,000.