Haitian Cholera Cases - page 4

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  1. by   indigo girl

    It is interesting that the source of infection can be detected. Every infectious agent comes from a previously infected host. Frequently the hosts do not know that they are infected before passing on the disease. That is probably what happened in this case, but I am giving the Nepalese the benefit of doubt. Maybe they did know, but most likely not.

    Quote from www.guardian.co.uk
    On 6 August, a unit of the 12,000 member United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (Minustah) based in the central plateau city of Hinche was caught dumping faeces and other waste in holes a few feet from a river where people bathe and drink. After complaints by locals and an investigation by journalists, city officials burned the waste near the Guayamouc river. The mayor of Hinche, Andr Renaud, criticised Minustah's flagrant disregard for the community's health and called for the expulsion of some foreign troops.

    For anyone who has followed Minustah's operations this denial rings hollow. Ten months ago, reckless sewage disposal at the UN base near Mirebalais caused a devastating cholera outbreak (pdf). In October 2010, a new deployment of Nepalese troops brought the water-borne disease to Haiti that has left 6,200 dead and more than 438,000 ill.

    Despite a mountain of evidence collected from local and international researchers, the UN refuses to take responsibility for the cholera outbreak. A November investigation by prominent French epidemiologist, Renaud Piarroux, pointed to the Nepalese troops as the probable origin of the cholera strain, as did a study published by the journal of the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and an investigation by Nepalese, Danish and Americans researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Arizona. Released last Tuesday, the latter study showed that the genomes of bacteria from Haitian cholera patients were virtually identical with those found in Nepal when the peacekeepers left their country in 2010.

  2. by   cherryames1949
    Doesn't sound like there is much room for doubt Indigo.
  3. by   indigo girl
    Halting Cholera's Rampage in Haiti
    The case for cholera vaccinations in Haiti being made by this opinion piece is well thought out.


    Quote from www.washingtonpost.com
    THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC in Haiti, which began 11 months ago and quickly became the worst such outbreak in modern history, has exacted a jaw-dropping human toll. So far it is reported to have killed nearly 6,500 people and sickened almost a half-million-5 percent of the country's population. And public health experts believe those official figures badly undercount the number of victims.

    ...there are compelling reasons to add vaccinations to the arsenal of public health weapons that has been deployed against cholera in Haiti. After a severe spike in infections during this summer's rainy season, transmission of the disease has tapered off somewhat, but cholera is still killing Haitians at a rate of at least 10 a day and sickening tens of thousands more each month. Experts believe that cholera, which had never been documented in Haiti, is now endemic there; tragically, it is likely to be a fact of Haitian life for years.

    ...A recent study showed that if only 5 percent of the population in the most vulnerable areas were vaccinated, it would cut the number of cholera cases by 11 percent, and if 30 percent of Haitians got the vaccine, it would reduce infections by 55 percent and save 3,320 lives. Surely that would be a worthwhile return on a very modest investment.
  4. by   indigo girl
    global failures on a haitian epidemic


    how it all began. patient zero was a 38 year old, mentally ill man, jean salgadeau pelette.

    Quote from [url="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/world/americas/haitis-cholera-outraced-the-experts-and-tainted-the-un.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1"

    on oct. 16, 2010, mr. pelette, 38, woke at dawn in his solitary room behind a bric-a-brac shop off the town square. as was his habit, he loped down the hill to the latem river for his bath, passing the beauty shop, the pharmacy and the funeral home where his body would soon be prepared for burial.

    the river would have been busy that morning, with bathers, laundresses and schoolchildren brushing their teeth. nobody thought of its flowing waters, downstream from aunited nations peacekeeping base, as toxic.

    in the 17 months since mr. pelette was buried in the trash-strewn graveyard here, cholera has killed more than 7,050 haitians and sickened more than 531,000, or 5 percent of the population. lightning fast and virulent, it spread from here through every haitian state, erupting into the world's largest cholera epidemic despite a huge international mobilization still dealing with the effects of the jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.
    (hat tip crof's blog)