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21 Sep 2018 | 06:24 PM UTC

Haiti: Cholera outbreak reported in Western department

Haiti News Alert

Cholera outbreak reported in Western department; 175 cases between June 14 and September 19

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/28/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Port-au-Prince). COUNTRY/REGION Ouest

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Event

Health officials in Haiti have reported a cholera outbreak in Western department. At least 175 cases, including four fatal cases, have been reported between June 14, and September 19. The most affected area are Liane Doko, Gros Dos, Marre-Rouge, Pâque, Figue, Mathurin, and de Genipailler. Further spread of the outbreak is to be anticipated in the near-term.

Context

Cholera is typically spread via infected water supplies and induces acute diarrhea leading to severe dehydration, frequently resulting in death. The risk of death is greatest among people with compromised immune systems, such as malnourished children or those living with HIV. However, even among healthy adults, cholera can be fatal within a matter of hours.

Advice

To reduce the risk of contracting cholera, wash hands regularly, drink only bottled or purified water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked foods. Individuals who believe they may have contracted cholera should seek immediate medical attention.

 

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