Haiti cholera outbreak

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UN Sued Over Haiti Cholera Outbreak

Victims claim peacekeepers spread disease through bad sewerage system

(Newser) - It's cholera in the time of litigation: Haitian victims of the disease are filing a lawsuit against the UN, claiming peacekeepers are responsible for the outbreak that has killed more than 8,300 and sickened some 650,000 there since 2010. The Boston-based Institute for Justice and Democracy in... More »

50 Cubans Infected in Cholera Outbreak

1 case turns up in Havana, far from outbreak source

(Newser) - Just days after cholera broke out in Cuba's southeastern city of Manzanillo, a case has been discovered in the capital, Havana, reports the BBC . Authorities say a contaminated well was responsible for the outbreak, which has killed three people and infected 50 so far. Another 1,000 are being... More »

How Bickering Aid Workers Brought Cholera to Haiti

United Nations, NGOs fought over water and vaccinations

(Newser) - A deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti has killed thousands and triggered protests outside a UN peacekeeping base that first leaked the disease into local water supplies. Now the New York Times looks inside the UN mission, its refusal to accept blame for the outbreak, and the internal bickering that stymied... More »

Sarah Palin Heading to Haiti

Alaskan will visit relief sites with evangelist Franklin Graham

(Newser) - Haiti—torn by post-election violence and suffering from a cholera outbreak that has killed well over 2,000 people—now has a visit from Sarah Palin to look forward to this weekend. The Alaskan will travel to the country with evangelist Franklin Graham, and plans to visit cholera relief sites,... More »

Expert: UN Brought Cholera to Haiti

Nepalese base blamed for epidemic

(Newser) - A French researcher has reached the same conclusion about the Haitian cholera outbreak as rioters did: United Nations peacekeepers are the likely source. The expert—sent by the French government to help Haiti investigate the epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people—believes the disease probably spread from... More »

Haiti Needs Trade More Than Aid

Kristof: For long-term fixes, the nation needs investors and jobs

(Newser) - The miseries of Haiti have been well chronicled in the past year, and the nation surely needs medical help and aid workers, writes Nicholas Kristof. But "ultimately what Haiti most needs isn’t so much aid, but trade," he writes in the New York Times . "Aid accounts... More »

Amid Tragedy, Haiti Readies for Vote

No clear favorite among 18 candidates

(Newser) - Facing recovery from a pair of natural disasters and an outbreak of cholera, work is cut out for Haiti’s next president. Who that will be, however, is anyone’s guess: of 18 candidates, no one campaigner has pulled ahead, the Wall Street Journal reports. With some 80% of pledged... More »

Cholera Exploding in Haiti

200K cases of fatal disease are expected by year's end

(Newser) - In Haiti, it's going from bad to worse to worse, with the news that the UN has doubled the number of cholera cases it expects to see there. A UN official says 425,000 cases are expected to occur in the first six months following the fatal disease's October appearance—... More »

Haitians Attack US Motorcycle Missionaries

Group has narrow escape from angry mob

(Newser) - Missionaries from the Christian Motorcyclists Association went to Haiti to distribute motorbikes to pastors but found themselves in what could have been a scene from Mad Max as they tried to flee a city torn by riots. The 11 missionaries, after days holed up in a hotel in Cap-Haitien as... More »

Haitians Attack Peacekeepers

Protesters believe Nepalese soldiers started illness outbreak

(Newser) - Protesters who blame United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal for a deadly outbreak of cholera have attacked a base in northern Haiti. Shots were fired as protests spread through the city of Cap-Haitien and at least two people are believed to have been killed, AP reports. Six Nepalese peacekeepers were injured... More »

Cholera Kills 900+ in Haiti

Outbreak has reached six of the country's 10 provinces

(Newser) - Cholera has claimed more than 900 lives in Haiti and has hit six of the country’s 10 provinces. As of Friday, more than 14,600 had been hospitalized since the outbreak began last month , according to Haiti’s Health Ministry website. Cholera has reached the capital of Port-au-Prince,... More »

Next for Haiti: a Hurricane (and Maybe a Huge Quake)

Tropical Storm Tomas bears down on cholera- and quake-plagued nation

(Newser) - Haitian officials and aid workers are scrambling to prepare the devastated country for yet another natural disaster. Tropical Storm Tomas is expected to hit Haiti by the end of the week—and to be a hurricane again by the time it does, Reuters reports. “This storm is approaching at... More »

Cholera Hits Port-au-Prince; Toll at 250

Yet officials hopeful they can contain outbreak

(Newser) - With the potential for an epidemic looming, Haitian officials reported five cases of cholera in the capital Port-au-Prince today, reports the BBC, though they say the cases were caught early and isolated quickly. The news comes as the death toll in the outbreak topped 250 and Haiti's health chief said... More »

Cholera Outbreak Spreads Toward Haiti's Capital

More than 200 dead, thousands sick

(Newser) - An outbreak of cholera has spread outside a rural valley in central Haiti, intensifying worries the disease could reach squalid tarp camps that house hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in the capital. More than 200 have been confirmed dead in the poor Caribbean nation's worst health crisis since the... More »

Cholera Kills 138 in Haiti

Outbreak sickens more than 1K lightning fast

(Newser) - A fast-moving outbreak of what officials believe is cholera has killed at least 138 people in central Haiti within 48 hours, and infected more than a thousand others. The outbreak, the first since January's earthquake, has overwhelmed public health facilities, the BBC reports. The infection, spread through contaminated food and... More »

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