Haitian Cholera Epidemic Spreads To Port-Au-Prince, Death Toll Close To 200 [Photos]

- By Bossip Staff

The first cholera epidemic to hit Haiti in decades has officially hit the country’s capital, making it just that more dangerous than it was when first reported.

This due to five individuals who left the rural Artibonite region where the disease was first reported to get better help in Port-au-Prince, where many foreign relief workers still remain.

An outbreak of cholera has spread from a rural valley in central Haiti to the nation’s capital, intensifying worries the disease would spread in squalid tarp camps that house hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors.

The death toll from the epidemic topped 200 Saturday and fears of it propagating in the crowded, earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince increased after five cases were detected in the city.

U.N. officials stressed that the five cases, the first confirmed in the capital since the epidemic started, were people who had become infected in the main outbreak zone of Artibonite north of Port-au-Prince and had subsequently traveled to the city where they fell sick.

“They were very quickly diagnosed and isolated,” U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Imogen Wall told Reuters, citing information from Haitian health authorities. “This is not a new location of infection.”
But prevention measures and surveillance were being increased in Port-au-Prince, with its squalid sprawling slums and about 1.3 million survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake packed into tent and tarpaulin camps. All are highly vulnerable to a virulent diarrhea disease like cholera.

Health officials are fearful about the outbreak spreading into the capital, where thousands and thousands of people are living in unsanitary conditions in refugee camps.

“It will be very, very dangerous,” said Claude Surena, president of the Haitian Medical Association. “Port-au-Prince already has more than 2.4 million people, and the way they are living is dangerous enough already.”

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  • Hannibal

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  • liline

    GOD Bless You Hannibal.

  • Panther

    I think one of the first things that should’ve been rebuild was a decent hospital facility….this is tragic.

    • Soul Touch

      Thank you!

  • I-See-See

    Hannibal you are indeed a sad man!

  • @devotee86

    Oh well…..chile knows how to be prepared…Haiti is the worst….next time build better structures and have some federal reserves for emergencies. The government barely helped their own during Katrina or 9/11…and ppl expect the USA to come to the rescue…..yeah right…we sent money… Now rebuild your own country….

  • I-See-See

    If people were actually educated in the background of Haiti and its people…they wouldn’t have such negative ish to say about them.

  • RedBoi

    All that black magic smdh!

  • Machelle

    Word Sister!

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983

    This is so sad, because they are already going through so much. This could be a very bad thing.

  • Hannibal

    I APOLOGIZE…

  • Michelle

    That is so sad my heart bleeds for that country I’m just so grateful for God we need to appreciate the small things we have I’m very thankful I have a roof over my head clothes on my back and food and water to take a bath in

  • LMAO

    THEIR(USA)BEHIND ALL OF THIS MADNESS.WAKE UP PEOPLE WAKE UP.

  • FANCY

    The opportunities are endless in US ppl just don’t know how good they have it.I was fortunate to have parents over here which is the reason why I dnt take anything for granted and I hustle for mine.

  • LaTosha

    @Hannibal U ARE SICK AND EVIL

  • AmericanBeauty1

    Tell them Mz. Pretty! My fam migrated from the island’s (we go back every summer) and I can’t stand when ppl make statements like those above! We are proud ppl and at least we stick together thru good and bad unlike these crabs in the barrel blacks here in the US

  • Ms Reese Spoon

    I wish all this hate stop. I’m an African American from mich. We all should help one another. And I admit people who are born here don’t know how good we have it here compare to other countries, but their is no reason to be fighting. Help one another and if someone who acts like they don’t have sense don’t relpy their looking for attention they lacked in their life!!let’s keep this moving. I love everyone!!!

  • SHAKIRA WORLD TOURROCKING,STATE,TO,STATE,KOOLGUY!educatesya self don,t be fool!

    HAITI………….REST A SURE MY PRAYERS WILLL BE WITH”‘THANSK FORRADIN!

  • nywoman23...killuminati

    bush and his team are at it again. depopulation and with certain groups of people with shades darker than them . smh

  • E.C. from D.C.

    my people my people…. this is sad.

  • meowkitty

    As a female who works for the UN and volunteers for the red cross you have no idea what the f you are talking about. It’s so easy to blame the obvious but its the Haitian government who is responsible for delaying the rebuilding of that country (for many reasons). I am not saying the US is not corrupt, because of course it is… but you should do your research before you make an ignorant a** comment like that. It’s not always the white man.

    So let me ask you…what have you done to donate to the Haitian people? HOw much have you donated to the cause? Blaming the white man is getting a little old. Don’t ya think? Oh and before you get all defensive..I am a black female. 100% baby.

  • LilVal

    I have to say AMEN as well. It’s a crying shame. They are feeding us boo boo and we are eating it right up. Until we come together as one and help each other out – this will forever go on!

  • Jamal

    Haiti is just like all black countries: a hellhole. Blacks need whites to have 1rst world conditions. Not one single black country on the planet Earth is nice, NOT ONE. That should tell you all you need to know about black peoples intelligence.

  • Cali

    WTF with all this anti American $hit??? U B*tches are drowning to get over here so if we are so bad them swim your illiterate a$$es back to your God forsaken dump!!! You wanted to be INDEPENDENT right??? Now you have your INDEPENDENCE. So why are whining about the WHITE MAN not coming to save your monkey a$$es??? Hello??? NO ONES coming to save you, get the f*ck over it and help yourselves!

  • http://Google HolyRoller

    These people are paying for their sins, when they denounce voodoo and give their lives to Christ then haiti will begin to prosper. Until then aids earthquakes and plagues like this will continue to destroy them and no amount of voodoo powders will save them. All unGODly nations will fall including the U. S. A

  • BIG MAMA CORNBREAD

    EUROPE GIVE HAITI SOME OF THEIR DIAMONDS FROM AFRICA AND LET THESE PEOPLE LIVE A LIFE…EURO DROPPED THEM OFF ON THOSE ISLANDS FOR THE SUGAR FIELDS…TERRIBLE GIVE THESE PEOPLE THEIR RIGHTFUL DIAMOND INHERITANCE SO THEY CAN TAKE CARE OF THEIR LIVES.

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