Red Cross Battles Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Red Cross Battles Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

Red Cross Battles Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

An outbreak of Cholera in Haiti has the Red Cross ramping up efforts to contain and prevent the illness from becoming a widespread atrocity.  As of Sunday, the outbreak has resulted in more than 3,000 confirmed cases and more than 250 deaths in the Artibonite River Valley region of the island nation.

The resurgence of the illness is believed to have originated in the Artibonite River Valley north of the capitol city, Port-au-Prince.  The Red Cross is stepping up efforts in the capitol in hopes of keeping the outbreak out of the populous area.  As of Sunday, there had been five confirmed cases of Cholera within Port-au-Prince.

The American Red Cross currently has 97 trained health professionals working in the Port-au-Prince area attempting to combat the spread of the outbreak.  In the coming days that number will more than double according the organization.  A large part of the work is providing clean water and education to the people.  Cholera is an easy illness to treat, however catching it and keeping it from spreading can be more challenging.

Part of the concern over the outbreak is where it is occurring.  The Port-au-Prince area was devastated by an earthquake last January and has yet to recover.  Tent-towns are visible across the region with conditions often less than sanitary.  Sanitary conditions are the best way to prevent the spread of the disease.  Workers have spent extensive time preaching the importance of frequent hand-washing and proper sanitary practices as the best method of prevention.




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