October 23rd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Death toll rises from Haitian cholera outbreak

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CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A fast-moving cholera outbreak in Haiti has claimed at least 208 lives, according to a U.N. spokeswoman.

The country's health ministry is reporting another 2,364 cases from the recent outbreak, said Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

This comes after recent heavy rains caused the banks of the Artibonite River to overflow and flood the area. Dammed in 1956 to create Lac de Peligre, the Artibonite River is Haiti's dominant drainage system.

On Friday, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Agency for International Development discussed the outbreak and efforts to work out a containment strategy.

The CDC will send an 11-member team to Haiti over the next few days to find out which antibiotics will be most effective in treating the cholera outbreak. US AID will provide supplies needed to set up treatment centers. The group has already prepositioned 300,000 oral re-hydration kits and are distributing water purification kits in affected areas.

Officials also confirmed that all the reported cases are in the Artibonite and Central Plateau regions, north of Port-au-Prince. They said they're working to contain the outbreak there and prevent its spread to the densely populated capital.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Haiti
October 23rd, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Letters to the President: #642 'The president's invisible policy'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s chief economic message these days seems to be “keep waiting.” Well, I guess while I do that, I’ll have plenty of time to keep up my string of letters.

Dear Mr. President,

I was listening to an interesting discussion the other day between two smart people I know, (and yes, I realize is hard to imagine me listening instead of talking all the time…ha!) and one posed a simple yet profound question to the other: “If someone asked you what President Obama’s economic policy is, could you tell them?”

Mind you, this was a staunch Democrat and there was no malice. It was an honest way of clarifying what seems to be one of your chief problems. Far, far too many people don’t really know what you are trying to do for the economy, how long you intend to keep doing it, and why you think it will work.

October 23rd, 2010
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