sexta-feira, 31 de dezembro de 2010

Cholera death toll in Haiti rises to more than 3,000

(CNN) -- In the 10 weeks since an epidemic erupted in Haiti, cholera has killed more than 3,000 people -- partly because the distribution of health supplies remains a logistical nightmare.
A global medical aid agency battling the disease added Friday that another aspect of the problem has been a lack of access to untainted drinking water.
The death toll soared to 3,333 and another 140,000 people have fallen sick, Haiti's Ministry of Health reported Friday, publishing the most recent data available through December 26.
The Pan American Health Organization said an adequate supply of medicine was steadily streaming in, but distributing those supplies "remains a complex logistic operation, sometimes made worse by an unstable security situation".
The Haitian government is estimating there will be at least 400,000 cholera cases in the first 12 months of the epidemic, a period ending next October -- with half of those cases occurring by mid-January. Cholera has spread to all of Haiti's 10 departments or provinces. CNN