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Cholera in Haiti
Pierce, Marcia M. Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
- Haiti's cholera crisis
- Strategies for the future
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
A massive and deadly earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, leading to homelessness for many of the country's people. Refugee camps were established to shelter those who lost their homes in the earthquake. Ten months later, a second crisis overtook this country, when cholera broke out in the tent camps housing 1.3 million people near Port-au-Prince, the capital of the island nation. Between October 2010 and April 2011, the cholera epidemic in Haiti killed nearly 5000 individuals, with over 270,000 cases reported. Approximately 150,000 of those patients required hospitalization during the same time period, increasing the strain on this devastated nation.
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