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CDC Promotes “Revisionist History” of Cholera in Haiti

The CDC’s in-house museum has a graphic comparing the cholera epidemic brought to Haiti by UN peacekeepers with the 1854 cholera epidemic in London. The problem with the graphic is that it ignores both the source of the cholera epidemic, and the still-ongoing deaths and illnesses from cholera five and a half years later. Towards the beginning of Haiti’s cholera epidemic, the CDC claimed that finding and citing the source of the epidemic was counterproductive. Now that the UN has spent five and a half years dodging accountability to its victims, why is the CDC still loath to mention the UN role?

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map

What caused Haiti’s cholera epidemic? The CDC museum knows but won’t say.

Jonathan M. Katz, Slate

April 14, 2016

Last Friday, a friend doing research at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta sent me a photo of a display at the CDC’s in-house museum. She thought I’d be interested because it had to do with the cholera epidemic in Haiti, which I lived through at its beginning and have been reporting on ever since.

She was right. It blew my mind:

“Bet you $15 we can’t make a map of what it looks like to miss the point entirely.” “You’re on.” 

To understand what’s so insane about it, you need to know a little about two of the maps in that image and the CDC’s history with the epidemic.


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