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Published On: Sat, Mar 22nd, 2014

Haiti cholera cases down in 2014

The cholera epidemic that began in October 2010 on the Caribbean island of Haiti, several months after the massive earthquake, has accounted for greater than 700,000 cases and 8,500 deaths as of March 10, according to a recent update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Vibrio cholerae Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

Vibrio cholerae
Image/CDC/ Janice Carr

However, the health agency has reported some good news concerning the outbreak–so far in 2014, a decreasing trend in cases and deaths has been recorded on the island.

According to the Epidemiological Update:

Between 1 January and 10 March of 2014, 3,850 cholera cases had been recorded, including 18 deaths (the cumulative case-fatality-rate for 2014 is 0.5%), signifying a weekly average of 385 cases and 2 deaths. This is lower than what was registered in 2013 (weekly average of 1,106 cases and 9 deaths), in 2012 (4,429 cases and 77 deaths weekly average), and in 2011 (29,167 cases and 243 deaths weekly average).

LISTEN: Dr Rosalyn Chan talks about Haiti cholera outbreak

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Cuba has reported 23 additional cholera cases since the last update bringing the tally to 701 cases and three fatalities.

The Dominican Republic has reported 57 suspected cholera cases and no deaths during the first eight weeks of 2014.

Since the Dominican Republic epidemic began in Nov. 2010, there have been a total of 31,532 suspected cholera cases, including 467 deaths.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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