Monday, May 16. 2011
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), a division of the United Nations, warns that Haiti is likely to see an increase in the number of cholera cases in the coming months, according to the organization's Humanitarian Bulletin, distributed last month.
In the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti saw an outbreak of the disease, due mainly to lack of access to clean water supplies and dense overcrowding. The New York Times reports that while cases of cholera began to drop in January, the impending rainy season threatens to disseminate contaminated water and cause a spike in the number of infections.
While the OCHA refrained from making predictions about the number of deaths that this new wave of infections may cause, MSNBC reports that it is unlikely that the numbers will be as devastating as they were during last year's epidemic.
Many hope that Haiti will be able to rebuild its infrastructure enough to improve its sanitation and provide basic care. Far from the American system of healthcare, which is driven by health insurance quotes and cutting edge technology, healthcare in Haiti is grossly inadequate, and has been an issue in the country for some time, according to The New York Times.
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