Cholera kills at least seven in Haiti

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Cholera has left at least seven dead in Haiti, authorities said Sunday, stoking fears of a resurgence of the epidemic in the troubled Caribbean nation.

Nearly three years after the end of the epidemic that killed 10,000 people in this impoverished Caribbean state, the Health Ministry said several suspected cases had been identified in the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as the seaside suburb of Cite Soleil. .

Laure Adrien, general director of this portfolio, announced the deaths of seven or eight people at a press conference.

“Most of the victims died in their communities and were unable to go to hospitals,” he said.

Protests and looting have rocked the troubled country, one of the poorest in the world, since Prime Minister Ariel Henry announced a gasoline price hike on September 11th.

The health ministry previously said in a statement that measures were being taken to stem the spread of the disease, including investigating other possible positive cases, while urging the country to increase hygiene precautions.

Cholera was introduced by United Nations staff after the devastating 2010 earthquake, killing an estimated 10,000 people.

The first infections were detected along the Artibonite River, where UN peacekeepers were dumping faeces, sparking an epidemic that spread across the country.

It was only in August 2016 that the UN officially recognized its role in triggering the epidemic.

In 2019, the last previous case of cholera was detected, and in February 2022, the Ministry of Health held a ceremony to mark the official elimination of the disease.

Prime Minister Henry, who has served as interim leader since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July 2021, said on the occasion: “This February 4 represents a model of political and civic engagement that will remain a memorable date in the annals of US history of public health”.


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