Haiti: Cholera slows but fears of spread remain

| 26/10/2010

(BBC): Tens of thousands of people in Haiti are still threatened by an outbreak of cholera despite some signs that the epidemic is stabilising, the UN says. UN humanitarian co-ordinator in Haiti Nigel Fisher said the UN was preparing for a wider outbreak although there were no new signs of it spreading. The Haitian government earlier said that only six new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. A total of 259 people are now known to have died from the disease. Three hundred new infections have been recorded, taking the total to 3,342, Haiti’s health ministry said. "This is an extremely serious situation and based on experience with epidemics elsewhere it would be irresponsible to plan for anything but a considerably wider outbreak," Mr Fisher said on Monday.

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