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October 27th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Cholera death toll near 300 in Haiti

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The death toll from Haiti's cholera outbreak has risen to 292, the Haitian government said Wednesday. There are 4,147 confirmed cases.

Crucial to curbing the crisis are education, more primary care centers and a network of cholera treatment centers, said Jon K. Andrus, deputy director of the Pan American Health Organization.

The 1991 cholera epidemic did not reach Haiti and many other Western Hemisphere countries, Andrus said, indicating citizens thus did not learn about crucial sanitation measures.

"We are seeing a very rapid, very explosive outbreak with a very steep academic [learning] curve," Andrus said during a conference call Wednesday.

Health aides are in Haitian camps, educating people about proper food, water and waste treatment, he said. Oral rehydration salts are saving lives, he added.

The goal is to provide 24-hours-a-day medical care, Andrus said.

"It will take some months to turn the tide," he said, indicating health officials can expect cholera cases in Haiti for the next several years.

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  1. Luis Huisa

    Not long ago presidentials elections were held in this country and a famous singer(wycleaf jean); try to run as well, my question is Where is he at now that his country need him most?. I guess we can see his true colors, allmighty money.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  2. Ann N Ray,West Hartford, CT

    Had no idea folks could be cariers. Have been sick about this situation and strongly believe that it was preventable. R we going 2 allow this incredible people to be wiped out, while we spend billions on midterm ads?In CT,I can't go 30minutes w/o an ad from McMahon. Imagine if every candidate decided to give the Haitians some money from the negative campaign ads which I tune out. That would tell me who deserves to be in elected office.

    October 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm |