Since the cholera outbreak that started in 2010 after the massive earthquake in Haiti, the Ministry of Health has recorded 819,350 suspected cholera cases, including 9,786 deaths.
Health officials say that as of mid-October 2018, Haiti reported (computer translated) 3,350 cases, including 38 deaths– a significant drop from 2017 when 13,681 cholera cases including 159 deaths.
Cholera is a disease spread by drinking water or eating food contaminated with cholera bacteria. Severe cholera is characterized by large amounts of watery diarrhea, often described as “rice-water stool” because it can have a pale, milky appearance. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. If untreated, the loss of fluid can be deadly. But simple treatment, including replacing lost body fluids, can lower the risk of death to less than 1%.
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