Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic Was Likely Brought by Nepalese Soldiers Trying to Help

By Jason Koebler, MOTHERBOARD July 2, 2013 More evidence is mounting that the cholera outbreak that’s currently ravaging Haiti originated from a single soldier from Nepal who was in the country to assist in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. A new study published in mBio adds support to what public health officials already thought: That United Nations peacekeeping efforts brought the disease to the island. It’s been a rough three years for the country: Since the first case was reported in October 2010, about nine months after the January 12 earthquake (which itself killed more than 220,000 people), cholera has infected more than 660,000 people, killing more than 8,000. Cases of cholera had slowed for a period before Hurricane Sandy, but increased due to flooding caused by the storm. Prior to 2010, Haiti hadn’t had a case of cholera for more than […]

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