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Cholera on the Rise in Haiti

In a monthly bulletin from the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the cholera outbreak in Haiti was reported far more serious than anticipated. With 77 new cases each day, the conditions are considered the worst in the world. Although officials saw a steady decline in June 2011, the bacteria that contaminates water or food and kills people within hours through dehydration, has jumped unexpectedly.

The disease has killed more than 7,000 people in Haiti and sickened another 530,000 since it’s outbreak ten months after the catastrophic earthquake of January 2010. Despite funding of $75 million from the U.S. government for treatment centers, health experts believe outbreaks will continue for years to come and worry about the upcoming rainy season. According to the U.N.'s bulletin, medical teams' effectiveness has been hampered in part by little coordination and the absence of salaries paid to health care facilitators cholera treatment centers run by Haitian authorities. One can only hope a solution is found to stop the spread soon. 

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