Haiti’s cholera outbreak could spread to neighbours

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 26 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6057
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Haiti’s cholera outbreak is likely to spread to neighbouring Dominican Republic and may reach the rest of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization has warned.

“Now that cholera has established itself with a strong foothold in Haiti it’s probably clear to us that this will not go away for several years,” said the organisation’s deputy director, Jon Andrus, days after the first cases were reported.

“During the last epidemic in the Americas, which broke out in Peru in 1991, there were more than 500 000 cases reported over a two year period,” he said. From Argentina to Canada, almost every …

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