When an infectious disease first breaks out, identify the source is a crucial step in stemming the spread of the disease and helping those who are already affected. When cholera broke out in Haiti, however, experts like the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claimed that they could not or did not need to identify the source. This lead to a rapid and very deadly spread of cholera, which Haitians had no immunity to because it had never been experienced in Haiti’s history. Well-known epidemiologist Ralph Frerichs discusses his new book on the cover-up.
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The Story Behind The Outbreak Investigation Of Cholera In Haiti
Officials Accused Of Covering Up The Source Of The Outbreak
French Epidemiologist Anointed As “Modern Day John Snow”
The Epidemiology Monitor
Ralph Frerichs, well-known UCLA epidemiologist and creator of an extensive website on John Snow, has spent four years writing a book about the introduction of cholera in Haiti and the medical detective work of French epidemiologist Renaud Piarroux. The Epidemiology Monitor first wrote about Frerichs and his involvement with the cholera outbreak back in 2013. Back then, Frerichs told the Monitor he got “terribly intrigued” by the failure of early investigators to pinpoint conclusively the source of the outbreak. He felt that something was not quite right with the reports he was reading because “I could not believe they could not wrap it up. They were omitting all the basic things and tip-toeing around the findings.”
In 2013, Frerichs was uncertain about whether or not Piarroux was truly a John Snow equivalent. He told us Piarroux was a worthy candidate but he wanted to wait until after the book was finished to decide. His hesitation has now disappeared as he told the Monitor this month, “I am now calling Dr. Renaud Piarroux the ‘modern John Snow’ for his excellent epidemiological manner and skills as described in the book. (See Side by Side Comparison Table in this issue.) When he faced the source of the initial outbreak and immediately recognized that the personnel were serving one of the most powerful organizations in the world, he did not flinch. I was hesitant in case other candidates appeared, but alas, none did. Piarroux was the man, a worthy hero.”
We interviewed Frerichs to get his perspective now that the book has been published.
Click HERE for the interview.