New Wave of Cholera in Haiti

Port au Prince,  (Prensa Latina) The Ministry of Public Health and Population this Thursday raised the alert due to a new outbreak of cholera in the northern and southern departments affected by the epidemic since October 2010.

According to that institution, although in the past month the number of deaths associated with the disease decreased, the infections continue to rise, mainly due to the rainy season.

Since late May the heavy rains flooded several regions of the country, mainly in the capital and its outskirts, where a new outbreak of the transmitting bacteria was reported.

The alertâ�Ös main objective is to urge people to take the hygienic meassures to avoid the spreading of the disease.

Although the doctors working here are from different countries, the burden of care falls on the Cuban team, the only one working in difficult areas of the country.

About 900 Cuban speciallists work at present in 40 Haitian communities, where they have created ambulatory treatment centers and health prevention campaigns.

According to a report released last month by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) about 2,600 people contract cholera in this Caribbean nation each week.

According to Mimy Muisa Kambere, health promoter in Carrefour, there were reports of nearly 300 new cases per day last May.

Until last June, when the last official report was issued, 5500 people had died and 4000 were infected.

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