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Haiti launches massive cholera vaccination campaign

Haiti recently launched its largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in regions of Haiti particularly devastated by last month’s Hurricane Matthew. Haiti’s World Health Organization representative has stated that immunization alone will not rid Haiti of cholera, as the disease took off due to incredibly poor sanitation infrastructure.

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Haiti Launches Largest-Ever Cholera Vaccination Campaign

Jason Beaubien, NPR

November 8, 2016

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A child receives the second dose of the vaccine against cholera in Saut d’Eau, Haiti, in a 2014 campaign. (Photo from original article)

Haiti on Tuesday launched the largest emergency cholera vaccination campaign ever attempted. The plan is to try to vaccinate 800,000 people in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Immediately after the Category 4 storm tore across southwest Haiti last month, the number of reported cholera cases across the country shot up dramatically. In some storm-ravaged areas it jumped tenfold.

Nationwide, the number of new cases went from roughly 75 a day to well over 200…

 

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