Friday, April 13, 2012

GOAL warns that Haiti could face second cholera outbreak‎

THE EARTHQUAKE-STRICKEN country of Haiti could be on the verge of a second cholera epidemic, as the county’s rainy season leads to another rise in the number of cases recorded.

Irish humanitarian charity GOAL says the wet season, which arrived last month, led to an average of 77 new cases of cholera being recorded every day in March.

The charity’s country director Derek Butler said the surge in new cases meant a “serious health problem could be just around the corner”.

Some 7,000 people have died from cholera since it was first reported there in October 2010, nine months after the country sustained horrific damage in a powerful 7.0-magnitude inland earthquake. Read More