By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Ten months after the catastrophic Haiti 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck in January 2010, a cholera outbreak was confirmed in Haiti. V. cholerae serogroup O1, biotype Ogawa was identified as the strain.
Since that outbreak began in October 2010, some 820,000 people were affected and 9,792 died.
In some spectacular news today, UN health officials report Haiti has achieved one year being cholera free this week.
The last confirmed case of cholera was reported in I’Estère in the Artibonite department of Haiti during the last week of January 2019. It concerned a boy under the age of 5, who was admitted to hospital on the 24th of January 2019 but who recovered shortly thereafter.
The achievement follows concerted efforts from Haiti, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partner agencies to address the root causes of cholera, including through increased surveillance to detect and respond to possible-flare-ups; the implementation of rapid diagnosis initiatives; and the treatment of cases with adequate rehydration and care.
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