Thanks to Mike Perret for alerting me to this AlterPresse report: Haiti-Cholera: 15 deaths and about 64 people infected in Anse-à-Pitres. That's a surprisingly high case fatality rate (it's normally about 1%), but we've had no official response to this ongoing problem on Haiti's extreme southeast border. And cholera's not the only problem there. The Google translation:
Anse-à-Pitres, November 20 [AlterPresse] --- 15 deaths and more than sixty people infected with cholera are recorded from Sunday 25 October to Thursday, November 19, 2015, on the border of Anse-à-Pitres (common with Pedernales / Dominican Republic), tells AlterPresse the medical director of the Anse-à-Pitres health center (South East), Dr. Pierre-Lamartine Son.
Of the 15 deaths recorded during the outbreak of cholera in Anse-à-Pitres, five are institutional, while the other 10 came from the community, he says.
The amount of people infected with the cholera epidemic would tend to increase, despite the presence of international health organizations to Anse-à-Pitres.
Of those infected, appears a pregnant woman.
Twenty (20) people infected receive care at Anse-à-Pitres Health Centre where cholera treatment center (Ctc) of the municipality, which receives at least one case per day.
Others are greeted at the oral rehydration points established in the circumstances.
Lack of clean water and poor sanitation are major problems in Anse-à-Pitres, where people drink water from the river and wells, and defecate on the floor, a native laments Dr. Alexander Widner.
He asked the inhabitants and residents of the town to observe the rules of hygiene, such as washing fruits and vegetables before eating, washing hands before meals and out of the toilet, use of treated water and defecate in latrines.
The interim executive officer of Anse-à-Pitres, Dr. Morland Mikerlange continues to seek the support of health authorities.
The inflammation of the vagina girls, skin infections in adult and ringworm are among the common diseases contracted by several returnees, housed Gift Park, in the town of Anse-a-Pitre.
Children caught eye diseases and malaria Gift to Park, who is not alone in experiencing this health problem. The same situation also prevails at One on the Water, town of Anse-à-Pitres, where health facilities are non-existent.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) seems unable to report a day of cholera cases since October 30.
Update: On Dr. John Carroll's Facebook page, he's just posted these comments:
Parc Kado translates to "Gift Park". I can tell you it is no "gift park". This is absolutely horrible what is happening in these refugee camps. Nothing seems to be changing. Videos and hideous photos and posts on the internet...what are they accomplishing? The two governments (Haitian and Dominican) continue to do nothing to help these folks. Calls to strong politicians yield nothing. Wow. I guess we should keep wringing our hands.