Via The Global Dispatch: Haiti still recorded over 1,100 cholera cases a week in 2013. The report also discusses cholera outbreaks in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Mexico. Excerpt:
Since the outbreak of cholera began in Haiti in October 2010, months after the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean country, amazingly, Haiti is still recording over 1,100 cholera cases per week, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Haiti Image/CIA
In their latest Epidemiological Update on Cholera, the health agency reports, “In 2013, there has been an average of 1,120 cholera cases and 9 deaths per week.
Over 1,000 cases a week three years after the outbreak began seems astounding; however, it’s not to one of the authors of the Yale University report, “Peacekeeping Without Accountability” released earlier this year.
Dr. Rosalyn Chan with The Global Health Justice Partnership of Yale Law school told me in an interview in August, “the cholera outbreak (in Haiti) is expected to go on for at least another decade.”
“The weekly average recorded to date in 2013 is lower than recorded in 2011 (6,730 cholera cases and 56 deaths) and in 2012 (1,945 cases and 18 deaths).”
In Haiti, since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been 692,098 cholera cases, of which 386,652 were hospitalized (55.9 %) and 8,470 died. The cumulative case-fatality rate remains 1.2 %.
In the two weeks since the PAHO report was issued, the numbers have grown again; according to the latest MSPP numbers, as of December 16 total cases were 695,525, with 388,967 hospitalized. Deaths have risen to 8,505.