The U.N. on Friday said Haiti’s cholera outbreak appears to be waning overall, but high death rates from the virus in rural regions of the country remain a concern, the Associated Press reports. According to figures released by the Haitian government, 231,070 cholera cases and 4,549 deaths from the disease have been reported since the outbreak first emerged in October.
TIME reports on an oral cholera vaccination program to kick off on Thursday in Bangladesh that researchers hope will determine how good of a “weapon” the mass vaccination strategy can be “against an old disease” (Marshall, 2/15).
January 12 marked one year since a major earthquake struck Haiti killing hundreds of thousands and significantly damaging its capital city, Port-au-Prince. To learn more about how the quake has affected health care in Haiti and get a sense of health priorities moving forward, Jaclyn Schiff of the Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report spoke with Wesler Lambert, a Haitian-born physician who has worked with Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante since 1997.
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During a brief visit to Haiti on Sunday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. has no plans to end aid to Haiti despite the unresolved presidential election, the Associated Press/Boston Globe reports.
Following the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, during the WHO executive board meeting last week, member states voiced concerns that cholera “is not being adequately addressed despite its prevalence in epidemic form in many areas,” BMJ News reports.
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“The cholera bacterium has undergone important mutations in recent years, causing longer outbreaks of the disease with increased fatalities, researchers reported on Wednesday,” Reuters reports. “In a package of papers published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they said mass vaccinations should be considered as a solution even after outbreaks have begun,” the news service writes (Lyn, 1/26).
Dominican Republic Reports Country’s First Cholera Death Following Outbreak In Haiti “Dominican Republic on Sunday confirmed that a 53-year-old Haitian man has become the country’s first death from cholera and announced the immediate start of a broad disease control and monitoring operation” around the eastern town of Higuey where he…
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