“At least 20 people have died due to torrential downpours in Haiti, authorities said Tuesday, and aid agencies are scrambling to respond to a resurgence of cholera triggered by the heavy rain,” CNN reports (6/8).
Small increases in temperature and rainfall amount may be able to predict cholera outbreaks in some areas, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Agence France-Presse reports (5/31).
A cholera outbreak in the Dominican Republic appears to be spreading and health officials are reporting hundreds of new cases, the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
World Health Assembly Could Pass Resolutions Asking Governments To Improve Water, Sanitation, IPS Reports
Inter Press Service reports on the possibility that the World Health Assembly “could adopt landmark resolutions asking governments to improve water and sanitation to eradicate cholera and guinea worm,” the latter of which exists in only four countries â€“ Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia and Sudan.
An early rainy season has caused cholera to sweep through Cameroon’s capital Yaounde, “causing more than 250 deaths in two months alone, according to the government,” AlertNet reports.
“The United Nations’ overall appeal to respond to the [Haiti cholera] epidemic, for $175 million, is 48 percent financed. Haiti’s continuing health emergency may have been overlooked in a crush of world events, but while the sick and dying are waiting for the world to respond, the disease is not,” a New York Times editorial states (5/10).
Republicans criticized USAID’s work in Haiti during a House subcommittee on foreign affairs hearing on Wednesday, citing findings from inspector general reports about U.S. aid to the country after the January 2010 earthquake, the Associated Press reports (5/11).
Democracy Provides Good Context To Handle Epidemics After mentioning the riots that broke out in Haiti after the startÂ of theÂ cholera epidemic last year, Richard Evans, aÂ professor of history and president of Wolfson College at theÂ University of Cambridge, writes in a Guardian opinion piece that “popular disturbances during epidemics are nothing…
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Up To 400,000 People Affected By Flooding In Northern Namibia As many as 400,000 people in Namibia may be affected by severe flooding in the northern part of the country, according to authorities who are gaining access to hard-to-reach remote areas, News24 reports. This would be more people in need…
Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which started last October, “was caused by a South Asian strain that contaminated a river where tens of thousands of people wash, bath, drink and play,” a report (.pdf) from an independent U.N.-appointed panel said on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports. “Although many have blamed the epidemic on U.N. peacekeepers from South Asia working in Haiti, the report issued by the panel declined to point the finger at any single group for the outbreak, saying it was the result of a ‘confluence of circumstances'” (5/4).