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March 28, 2014

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Then Dr. Renaud Piarroux wrote to explain that the original number had been a simple typographical error. So we are now somewhat more reliably at 8,547 deaths. I checked some of the recent daily summaries and found a single death, on March 13, in Central Department. Otherwise cholera is sickening roughly 25 people a day this spring.

When you think about it, this whole disaster has been extraordinary: about 7% of the entire population has contracted cholera at least once—about one person in fourteen. Even so, it now draws only an occasional article in the world media.

If something similar had struck the US, I estimate some 22.5 million Americans would have fallen ill of it since 2010. And at Haiti's cholera mortality rate (1.2%), 270,000 would have died.

The coverage would be nonstop.

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