Cholera Returns to Rural Haiti

By: AP
By: AP

MIREBALAIS, Haiti (AP) -- Aid workers in Haiti are expressing concerns that they won't have enough resources if the latest surge in cholera worsens.

After weeks of heavy rains, the number of cases spiked to 1,700 a day by the middle of last month.

While the number has eased somewhat, the Health Ministry says clinics still are getting about 1,000 new cases daily.

The epidemic began in rural parts of the country last fall.

It's thought likely that U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal brought the
disease in.

It swept through the countryside of an already impoverished Haiti that had been overwhelmed by a January 2010 earthquake that left hundreds of thousands homeless.

The Health Ministry says cholera has sickened at least 370,000
people and killed more than 5,500.

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