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Zimbabwe Responds To Watchdog’s Warning Of Potential Cholera Outbreak

“Zimbabwean authorities on Wednesday accused an international group of overstating the risks of a cholera outbreak in the sprawling capital city of Harare, ensuring the public that the cholera epidemic that killed 4,000 people in 2008 won’t repeat again,” Xinhua/Global Times reports. Responding “to a 160-page Human Rights Watch report,…

Zimbabwe Capital Risks Cholera Outbreak, Human Rights Watch Warns

“Human Rights Watch on Tuesday warned that Zimbabwe’s capital Harare was at risk of repeating a cholera outbreak five years ago that killed over 4,200 people,” Agence France-Presse/France 24 reports (11/19). According to the group, “residents in Harare’s poorest townships have little access to clean piped water and often resort…

Media Outlets Report On Lawsuit Seeking Reparations From U.N. For Haitian Cholera Outbreak

CBS News examines the cholera epidemic in Haiti and “an unprecedented lawsuit” against the U.N., whose peacekeepers are suspected of bringing the disease to the country following the 2010 earthquake. However, “[t]he U.N. said it has legal immunity and will not accept claims for compensation,” according to the news service,…

Haiti Continues To Battle With Cholera, IPS Reports

“Some 2,400 kilometers from New York City, where victims of Haiti’s cholera epidemic are suing the United Nations in a U.S. federal court, the disease continues to burn through the populace with no end in sight,” Inter Press Service reports. “In a single week between October 19 and October 26,…

Capitol Hill Briefings Examine Health Inequities, Cholera In LAC

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ (NTDs) “End the Neglect” blog describes two Capitol Hill briefings held last week “discussing the regional inequities in health and the cholera epidemic” in Latin America. According to the blog, a briefing titled “‘Public Health in Latin America’ was hosted by Representative Sam Farr…

Officials Report Cholera Outbreaks Throughout Nigeria

“At least three persons were confirmed dead, while few others were said to have been discharged after treatment in Lagos, following an outbreak of cholera in at least five local government areas,” Nigeria’s Vanguard reports (Akoni, 10/24). “Officials say an outbreak of cholera in Nigeria’s northwest Zamfara state has infected…

Mexico Fourth Country In Hemisphere Affected By Cholera Strain Introduced To Haiti In 2010

Since the beginning of September, Mexican health authorities have recorded 171 cholera cases “in Mexico City and states to the north and east,” NPR’s “Shots” blog and “Morning Edition” report. “Since it was introduced into Haiti — very likely by United Nations peacekeeping troops from Nepal who were billeted at…

Two Studies Show Oral Cholera Vaccine Effective In India, Guinea

“A study released [Friday in The Lancet] shows that an oral cholera vaccine made in India is the first such vaccine to offer significant protection for five years, while another new report says the vaccine was well-accepted in an immunization campaign last year in the African country of Guinea,” CIDRAP…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS NTDs, PLOS Pathogens

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights several new articles published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and PLOS Pathogens this week. In one highlighted PLOS NTDs article, Francisco Luquero of the Epicentre in Paris, France, and colleagues examine the use of an oral cholera vaccine, Shanchol, by Médecins Sans…

Cholera Outbreak Continues To Spread In Central Mexico

“A cholera outbreak in central Mexico has risen to 159 confirmed cases and spread to four states as well as the capital, the country’s health minister said on Monday,” Reuters reports. “One death has been attributed to the outbreak, the ministry said as it launched a nationwide public health campaign…

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