October 25th, 2010
10:36 AM ET

Health organizations worry that Haiti's cholera outbreak could spread

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CNN Wire Staff

Editor's note: Actor-activist Sean Penn talks about the cholera outbreak and other problems affecting Haiti on CNN's "AC360°" at 10 p.m. ET Monday.

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) - Calling Haiti's cholera outbreak "an extremely serious situation," a United Nations official expressed concern Monday that the infectious disease that has already killed more than 250 people could spread and grow to "tens of thousands of cases."

"It would be irresponsible to plan for anything but a considerably wider outbreak," said Nigel Fisher, U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Haiti.

Officials with the Pan American Health Organization expressed similar concerns about the disease spreading to the Domincan Republic.

"There is a very high risk that cholera will move to the other side of the island," said Dr. Jon K. Andrus, referring to the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. "There should be an island-wide approach on how to address cholera."

The Pan American organization had "expected these cases," said Andrus, and "put in an early-warning system to watch out for these consequences, since the earthquake on January 12."

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  1. Larry D. Cox

    Why does this country always have to come to the aid of other countries when others aren't putting their two cents in. We have homeless, foreclosers, citizens without work and medical ins., Take care of America first and do what we can do later. We are not the police force or medical aid for the world.

    October 26, 2010 at 2:07 am |
  2. Karen Bozeman-Gross

    Isn't it obvious....the US does not really care about people of African descent. During the feel good moments of the early part of the year....people raised millions of dollars. Venezuela and many countries pledged and delivered aid. The US...the so called leader of the free world can't even make good on its promise of millions of dollars. Now cholera has stricken...a disease which had been eradicated....is back. The Congress which appropriates the money should be ashamed of itself to have not passed the Haiti Aid bill.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    The Cholera recovery 'salvation' mineral packet's cost a whole 10 cents each. They are widely available and have been used for decades to successfully treat Cholera outbreaks thru-out South America.

    Millions in purported 'aid' but can't even provide 10 cent mineral packet's? OK, boil a single unpeeled Potato in a gallon of water, add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar to the solution. The Cholera victim sips that mineralized water and recovers his/her strength.

    No raw potato's in Haiti?

    A single 60 second blast in a microwave on food and 6 ounces of water would instantly deactivate the bacteria which causes Cholera.

    No microwaves? Hundreds of Millions of dollars in aid in Haiti and no 10 cent mineral Cholera recovery packages, and no microwave ovens? Could someone explain why?

    October 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    How much more can these people take? I have heard it said over and over again that the Haitians are unbelievably resilient but at some point enough is enough. I hope the aid workers can get the message to all the people on how to prevent getting chorea. And the Haitian government needs to get these folks good shelter sooner rather than later.

    October 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm |