Haitian Cholera Cases - page 3

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  1. by   indigo girl
    Haiti: Operational Biosurveillance

    Current Map of Cholera-Affected Areas - Haiti: Operational Biosurveillance

    Quote from biosurveillance.typepad.com
    Case fatality rates such as the most recent Health Cluster report of 2.3% is representative of gross national level aggregation of information available to officials, which represents a substantial bias towards CTC/CTUs staffed by experienced teams such as MSF. What is not reflected is the continually documented "first contact" pattern of daily clinical mortality seen by rural communities and urban environments such as Gonaives several weeks ago reported by officials do not reflect the true impact of cholera at the community level. The daily mortality we have documented on multiple occasions may range from 10 to 100%. We often see sudden overwhelming of local capacity to the point of backloading corpses for burial, having run out of body bags.

    In some areas of Haiti, we have confirmation that in-patient statistics are under-reported by as much as 400%. In many areas of Haiti, we are documenting outbreaks that are not being accounted for in the official statistics. We therefore estimate the upper bound of estimated total (subclinical and clinically apparent) case counts to be nearly one million. From a practical operations point of view, these estimates are academic. The bottom line is the epidemic continues to spread completely out of control.

    We are now pursuing answers to the question of uptake by indigenous zooplankton and spread along oceanic currents that pass west of the Gonave Gulf, which is where the Artibonite River discharges, north and west along the northern Cuban coastline and north to the waters east of Florida.

    Multiple healthcare worker infections have been reported on the ground in Haiti with one report of a worker returning to the United States infected.
    (thanks again to crofsblog)
  2. by   cherryames1949
    You are about the only person reporting on the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Thank you and God bless you.
  3. by   indigo girl
    Just on this site perhaps, but certainly there are others. I know the world is saturated with hard luck stories right now, and I do understand why it is hard for many to invest in yet another disaster scenario, yet, I am so very sorry for the innocent ones dying of a preventable disease when we are not so far away that we couldn't do more about this is had we the will to do so.

    I cannot for the life of me, imagine dead children being dumped on the street to be buried in anonymous graves like they were trash.
  4. by   indigo girl
    Canadian Red Cross to open new field hospital for cholera patients

    H5N1: Canadian Red Cross to open new field hospital for cholera patients

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    The Canadian Red Cross will deploy tomorrow its new field hospital to treat people who have contracted cholera in Haiti. The field hospital was created as part of the First Responder Initiative, a partnership with the Government of Canada.

    The First Responder Initiative includes two health emergency response units: a rapid deployment field hospital and a basic health care unit. Both are modular and can be deployed with specific equipment and personnel to best meet the needs of the health crisis.
    The basic health care unit will be deployed to Haiti and will be set up as a cholera treatment centre, where patients can be treated day and night. This is the first time a Red Cross field hospital will be deployed from within the Americas.
  5. by   agencynurse_rn
    Hmmm, and what of all the money that was sent to help the Haitans? Who is in charge? Is anybody really organizing, mobilizing, and keeping records of the good and bad in Haiti? Sending warm bodies to a cesspool of human suffering without any clear organization, government cooperation, and meaningful tools is an exercise in futility.
  6. by   indigo girl
    Quote from agencynurse_rn
    Hmmm, and what of all the money that was sent to help the Haitans? Who is in charge? Is anybody really organizing, mobilizing, and keeping records of the good and bad in Haiti? Sending warm bodies to a cesspool of human suffering without any clear organization, government cooperation, and meaningful tools is an exercise in futility.
    I know what you mean. Sadly, the people, especially the kids are caught in between all that mess. I'm looking at the photo in this link at how thin these children are at this orphanage, and they are the lucky ones. This is before cholera came.

    It's a mess.

    Failure in ‘The Republic of NGOs' - thestar.com

    Quote from www.thestar.com
    Even before the earthquake, Haiti was often called "The Republic of NGOs," with more aid groups and charities per capita than any place on the planet.

    What is certain is that, in Haiti, the NGOs have become a vital fact of everyday life. In the absence of a viable government-the new leader of which may become clearer Tuesday with the announcement of preliminary results from last month's election-the majority of local services are delivered by NGOs, from water, vaccinations and clinics to schools.

    "The work they're doing is life-saving and necessary, no question about it," says Mark Schuller, an anthropologist and assistant professor at the City University of New York who has worked extensively in Haiti.
    (thanks to crofsblog for the link)
  7. by   indigo girl
    The Case Against the Nepalese

    H5N1: Haiti: The case against the Nepalese

    No disease exists in a vaccum, and this disease was imported from somewhere outside the country.

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Respected French epidemiologist Professor Renaud Piarroux conducted a study in Haiti last month and concluded the epidemic began with an imported strain of the disease that could be traced back to the Nepalese base, the official said.

    "The source of the infection came from the Nepalese camp," the source told AFP, speaking on condition on anonymity as he was not authorised to discuss a report that has not yet been made public.

    "The starting point has been very precisely localised," he said, pointing to the UN base at Mirebalais on the Artibonite river in central Haiti.
  8. by   indigo girl
    Renaldo's Obituary

    Dying in Haiti: Renaldo's Obituary

    How can anyone witness these deaths for long? I can barely stand to read of them.

    Quote from dyinginhaiti.blogspot.com
    Renaldo, eight months old, of Bon Repos, Haiti was pronounced dead at 9:05 AM this morning at a Cholera Treatment Center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

    Renaldo was the son of his Papa and Mama who were present at his death.

    Renaldo was admitted to the Cholera Treatment Center yesterday with his mother who is also a patient there. She witnessed his death lying on a green cholera cot just a few feet away.
  9. by   oramar
    I am so glad I found your thread on this subject Indigo. I actually searched for it several times and couldn't seem to find it. I knew there HAD to be one.
  10. by   indigo girl
    H5N1: Haiti: 2,481 cholera deaths as of December 15 (revised)

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Cumulatively, the country has now seen 117,580 cases, 60,644 hospitalizations, and 2,481 deaths. This reduction from 2,535 is unexplained. Perhaps it's more accurate than the December 14 tally, but it gives us even more reason to mistrust the ministry's numbers.
  11. by   indigo girl
    H5N1: Haiti: 2,707 cholera deaths as of December 18

    CFR stands for case fatality ratio. The numbers in certain parts of that country are really shocking. 15.9% of the infected in Nipples died. To me, this is just unbelieveable.

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Cumulatively, the cholera numbers from the start of the outbreak are 128,251 cases, 68,764 hospitalizations, and 2,707 deaths. CFR: 2.1 percent.

    However, if you look at the departmental breakdowns, you'll see some horrendous CFRs: 4.9 percent in Sud, 6.0 percent in Nord Est, 13.8 percent in Sud Est, and 15.9 percent in Nippes. As always, we can assume that these numbers are a severe undercount.

    We are still over a week behind. Perhaps we'll get more numbers later today.
  12. by   indigo girl
    H5N1: Haiti: 3,732 cholera deaths as of January 5

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    Cumulatively, Haiti has now seen 178,440 cases, with 99,631 hospitalizations. The total number of deaths so far is now 3,732, and the overall CFR is 2.1 percent. As always, assume these numbers are incomplete and probably a serious undercount.
  13. by   indigo girl

    Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
    on february 9, 654 cholera cases were reported, with 357 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. this brings the total cases since the outbreak began to 231,070, with 124,482 hospitalizations and 4,549 deaths. statistics continue to be incomplete for grande anse, nord, and sud.