Cholera In Haiti
A bladder at a camp in Port-au-Prince holds fresh water. Sanitation and clean water are key to staving off cholera, and public health officials are launching a massive education effort using text messages and radio broadcasts.
The cholera epidemic in Haiti is slowly spreading into new areas, mostly in the north of the country. Public health officials are racing to get health tips and warnings to the public via radio broadcasts and text messages to cell phones.
October 27, 2010 An emergency treatment center being built to relieve the pressure on a key hospital in the cholera epidemic was burned down, reportedly by people upset that it was too close to a school. Cholera cases are slowing, yet the scene remains chaotic.
October 27, 2010 The Red Cross has been blasting SMS messages twice a day to cell phone users in the epicenter of Haiti's cholera outbreak, the Artibonite River Valley, and to those in Port-au-Prince, who might see a cholera epidemic any day.
October 26, 2010 An outbreak of cholera sweeping through Haiti has killed hundreds and sickened thousands more. Commentator Joe Amon of Foreign Policy argues that the disease is avoidable, but it takes a stable government with a commitment to preventing foreseeable health risks.
October 26, 2010 The most likely explanation for the outbreak is a rise in temperature and salinity in estuaries around Haiti's Bay of Saint-Marc, says an expert. Shrimp-like copepods that carry the cholera bacterium thrive in those conditions.
October 25, 2010 Now that cholera has returned to Haiti after a 50-year hiatus, it'll be almost impossible to get rid of, experts say.
October 25, 2010 As the toll of cholera in Haiti mounts, public health officials are pushing to contain the outbreak. The disease can be deadly. But fairly simple precautions can slow the spread of the disease.
October 25, 2010 The cholera outbreak in Haiti is only going to get worse. NPR spoke with Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald and she says people in the capital are terrified as they wait for the disease to reach Port-Au-Prince. At this point it seems inevitable.
October 25, 2010 Cholera sickens five people in Haiti's capital; Richard downgraded to Tropical Storm; earthquake in Wyoming; Walkmans being phased out
October 22, 2010 Health officials in Haiti are working to stop an outbreak of cholera from reaching the capital of Port-au-Prince, where an earthquake in January left more than 1 million people homeless. So far, the disease has killed more than 100 people and sickened more than 1,000.