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New PAHO Report Glosses Over Severity of Cholera Epidemic

This blog post discusses the Pan American Health Association’s lack of gravity in reporting the cholera statistics for the Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Haiti in 2016. DR continues to suffer the consequences of the UN’s cholera epidemic in neighboring Haiti, Ecuador has experienced its first cholera case in 12 years, and Haiti’s number of cases is very large even without considering the fact that it’s an undercount. The post also alludes to the need for accountability in terms of the cause of the epidemic.

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

PAHO: May 27 update on cholera in the Americas


June 1, 2016

Thanks to Dr. Ian Mackay for tweeting about this report from PAHO: 27 May 2016: Cholera – situation in the Americas. I gave up on PAHO’s cholera reports many years ago, when they featured Americans in suits sitting in panels and looking solemn. The scandalous inadequacy of PAHO’s chikungunya only strengthened my animosity, and this update only makes me angrier than ever. Excerpt and then a comment:

Since epidemiological week (EW) 1 of 2016 until EW 17, a total of 14,574 cholera cases have been recorded from three countries in the Americas: Ecuador (1), Haiti (13,859), and the Dominican Republic (714). Haiti alone registered 95% of the total cases in 2016 in the Region of the Americas.


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