Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

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According to the World Health Organization, Cholera is an intestinal infection caused by contaminated food or water. From the time a person is infected, the disease will show up in as little as one day. Cholera causes severe diarrhea and vomiting that leads to dehydration and kill within hours if left untreated. With proper fluids and antibiotics, cholera is an easily treatable disease. In 2010, the Haiti National Public Health Laboratory declared a cholera outbreak in Haiti after being notified of a sudden increase in patients with diarrhea and dehydration. (Centers for disease control and prevention) This outbreak was caused by contaminated food or water or an infected person, and lab tests were able to identify the cholera strain. Testing may never fully explain how cholera was introduced into Haiti; and although it is important to understand how infectious agents move to new countries, we may never know the actual origin of this cholera strain. (MSNBC) When responding to an outbreak, the usual intervention strategy is to reduce deaths by ensuring prompt access to treatment, and to…show more content…
This tells researchers that Haiti may have ongoing cholera transmission for years to come. To keep this situation under control, it will be critical to continue to invest in prevention infrastructure and strengthen public health systems in Haiti. Works Cited "Cholera." WHO. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs107/en/index.html>. "Cholera in Haiti." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 Oct. 2011. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/haiticholera/haiti_cholera.htm>. "Haiti's cholera strain likely came from South Asia, CDC says." msnbc.com. 1 Nov. 2010. Web. 18 Feb. 2014.

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