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Epidemic: A new case of cholera detected in Haiti

PostedOctober 3, 2022, 07:16

EpidemicA new case of cholera detected in Haiti

Introduced by UN peacekeepers in 2010, the cholera virus killed some 10,000 people in Haiti before being eradicated in 2019.

The cholera virus was introduced by UN peacekeepers in 2010 into Haiti. (illustrative image)

AFP

A new case of cholera has been detected in Haiti, authorities announced on Sunday, more than three years after the end of the epidemic which caused more than 10,000 deaths in this Caribbean country. “The Ministry of Public Health and Population informs the population of the detection of a confirmed case of cholera in Savane Pistache Décayette in the commune of Port-au-Prince and of suspected cases in Brooklyn in the commune of Cité Soleil” , writes the ministry in a press release.

He says he has taken steps to try to prevent any further spread of the disease, including investigating the possibility of other cases. The ministry also called on the population to be cautious in adopting hygiene measures. Introduced by UN peacekeepers in 2010, the cholera virus killed some 10,000 people in Haiti.

The role of the UN

The peacekeepers had dumped feces into the Artibonite river, and the first cases had appeared in this region, before the epidemic spread throughout the country. The UN had admitted having played a role in the introduction of the virus only in August 2016.

Last February, the Ministry of Public Health organized a ceremony marking the official elimination of cholera in Haiti, the last case before Sunday’s having been recorded in 2019. Prime Minister Ariel Henry said: “This February 4 represents a model of political and civic engagement, which will remain a memorable date in the annals of the history of public health”.

(AFP)

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