Cholera outbreak in Haiti is troubling

by Anonymous on Oct. 28th, 2010

Vibrio cholerae: the bacterium that causes cholera.
Vibrio cholerae: the bacterium that causes cholera.Courtesy Public domain (via Dartmouth)
An outbreak of cholera in Haiti is causing doctors and other aid workers concern. Cholera is an infection of the intestines caused by Vibrio cholerae a bacteria often found in contaminated food or drinking water. The bacteria can spread through crowded and unsanitary areas via contact with feces of infected persons. Cholera outbreaks often take place in crowded and impoverished areas, or in war zones. Symptoms include severe abdominal cramps, watery diarrhea, vomiting and rapid dehydration. Left untreated, cholera can be deadly within 24 hours. When detected, treatment involves replenishment of lost fluids and electrolytes. Improved sanitation and personal hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing can help stop the spread of the disease. So far, cholera has killed more than 300 people in Haiti, and most of the nearly 4000 recorded cases have occurred in the region of Arbonite, a rural area unaffected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated much of the country last January. The outbreak has been slowing lately, but officials are concerned it could still spread through the hundreds of refugee tent camps located in the overcrowded capital of Port-au-Prince.

SOURCES and INFO
BBC story
Doctors Without Borders website
Unicef website

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

RileyH's picture
RileyH says:

Cholera sounds dangerous, I'll definitely have to stay away from that!

posted on Sat, 11/13/2010 - 3:36pm
little star's picture
little star says:

so they have a fatal earthquake, then they have an outbreak??????? goshhhhhhhhhhhhhh

posted on Thu, 12/23/2010 - 3:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i FIND THAT VERY INTERESTING

posted on Sat, 03/05/2011 - 3:22pm

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