Friday, October 22, 2010

Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

Amidst the recovery from the devastating earthquake comes news of over 130 deaths from a fast moving cholera outbreak:

A fast-moving cholera outbreak north of the Haitian capital has killed at least 138 people, a U.N. official said Friday.

Another 1,526 cases are also part of the outbreak, said Imogen Wall, the U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman in Haiti. All the cases have been reported in the Lower Artibonite region, north of Port-au-Prince, she said.

"This is a situation that's developed very quickly. It's only been 48 hours and we've already got 138 deaths confirmed," Wall told CNN.

She called the situation "a serious development, partially because cholera is a very dangerous disease, and it spreads very fast, but also because it's unusual to Haiti," she said. "There hasn't been an outbreak here in decades."

Please be in prayer for the people of Haiti and for those who are ministering to them. Given the lack of infrastructure in Haiti, this situation can get even more grim very quickly. We take for granted that we have abundant sources of clean water in America but this most basic of human needs is by no means a given for millions of people around the world.

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