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Cholera threat in Haiti

Issue No. 2225

More than 250 people have died of cholera in an epidemic sweeping Haiti and doctors are terrified that the outbreak may spread. It could hit the makeshift tent cities surrounding the capital, Port-au-Prince, where 1.3 million homeless survivors of January’s earthquake live.

Haiti has received some £465 million in international aid since the earthquake hit. But this is only 13 percent of what was promised.

Over 3,000 people have contracted cholera. It is a disease of poverty. The cure is cheap and easy to administer. Its spread can be halted by making soap bars, water purification tablets and oral rehydration sachets freely available. But left unchecked, the disease can kill in hours.

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Tue 26 Oct 2010, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2225
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