More bad news for this troubled country, just awful. God help them.
Quote from www.alertnet.org
Cholera Outbreak | Haiti News | Epidemic
We woke to disturbing news on Thursday. Our friends at Partners in Health told us droves of people were arriving at St Marc, sick with diarrhea, and that they were dying from dehydration at an alarming rate. The question was clear, could we mobilize to provide clean water to an area suspected of having Haiti's first major cholera outbreak in decades?
Our staff immediately began loading our trucks with equipment. As we drove the two hours to St Marc emails on my phone showed the death toll was climbing steadily. Everyone was nervous.
We arrived at St Marc hospital to a horror scene. I had to fight my way through the gate as a huge crowd of worried relatives stood outside, while others screamed for access as they carried dying relatives into the compound. The courtyard was lined with patients hooked up to intravenous (IV) drips. It had just rained and there were people lying on the ground on soggy sheets, half-soaked with feces.
Quote from www.globalpost.com
Fathers became nurses and children lay side by side with grandparents as a deluge of violently sick cholera patients overwhelmed the staff at St. Nicholas hospital in this small Haitian town.
Desperate family members held up IV bags for the hundreds of patients lying on the floors of every corridor and hospital room available. All suffered from severe diarrhea and vomiting, some patients laid their heads in basins of water for relief from fevers that drenched their clothes with sweat.
"I've talked to all of my colleagues who are Haitian and they've never seen anything like this, on this scale, before," said Koji Nakashina, an American doctor with Partners in Health, who was working at the hospital on Thursday. "There's still a lot coming in."
(hat tip crofsblogs)
Oct 29, '10
Cholera Outbreak --- Haiti, October 2010
Quote from www.cdc.gov
An outbreak of cholera is ongoing in Haiti. On October 21, 2010, toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1, serotype Ogawa, biotype El Tor was identified by the National Laboratory of Public Health of the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Haiti. Identification of the isolate was confirmed by CDC. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of selected V. cholerae O1 isolates conducted at the National Laboratory of Public Health and at CDC demonstrated susceptibility to tetracycline (susceptibility to this drug predicts doxycycline susceptibility), ciprofloxacin, and kanamycin; and resistance to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, furazolidone, nalidixic acid, sulfisoxazole, and streptomycin.
As of October 27, a total of 4,722 cholera cases with onset during October 21--27 and 303 deaths had been reported in Haiti (1). Most cases have been reported from Artibonite Department (1), a rural but densely settled area with several small urban centers. In addition, probable cases have been identified elsewhere in Haiti, including Ouest Department, where the capital city of Port-au-Prince is located.
(hat tip Avian Flu Diary)
H5N1: Haiti: 900 treated in 2 days in cholera outbreak
Quote from crofsblogs.typepad.com
In Port-au-Prince, 34 people suffering from diarrhea presented at MSF facilities in the city. Cases of acute watery diarrhea that did not involve cholera have not been uncommon in Port-au-Prince since the Jan. 12 earthquake. MSF teams have treated many people with acute watery diarrhea in the intervening months.
Regardless, MSF has a 20-bed cholera treatment centre in place and is undertaking necessary measures and preparations at its Port-au-Prince facilities for any additional patients who arrive with cholera-like symptoms. Confirming cholera requires lab testing, but the treatment for cholera and acute watery diarrhea are the same, beginning with rehydration.
...MSF has treated almost 2,000 people for acute watery diarrhea in the last few days. Two additional cholera treatment centres are being constructed in the capital and another is being built in the town of Leogane.
Last edit by indigo girl on Oct 29, '10