The cholera outbreak in Haiti that began in October 2010, 10 months after the devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 people and displaced over 1 million, still lingers on, albeit much less, on the island nearly six years later.
In 2016 to date, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has reported more than 16,000 cases, which has accounted for nearly 13,000 hospitalization and 175 deaths.
Since Oct. 2010, the cumulative total cholera cases has topped 780,000 cases and 9,300 deaths. It’s been called the largest and most explosive cholera epidemic in modern times.
And this cumulative number may be lowballing it, according to a recent study in the journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, which reveals from house-to-house surveys in four communities that there were an estimated nearly three times more cholera deaths in the first six months of the epidemic than officially recorded.
Prior to Oct. 2010, Haiti had not seen a cholera outbreak in a century.
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