Haiti reports first cholera cases in 3 years in the Port-au-Prince area
news desk Laugh
Between October 2010 and February 2019, more than 820,000 cases of cholera, including nearly 10,000 deaths, were reported in Haiti.
On October 20, 2010, a cholera outbreak was confirmed in Haiti for the first time in more than a century, ten months after the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced more than a million people.
After more than 3 years of not reporting any cholera cases in Haiti, on October 2, 2022, national authorities reported two confirmed cases of Vibrio cholerae O1 in the greater Port-au-Prince region, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
In addition, clusters of suspected cases and deaths are being investigated in various municipalities of the province of West, including the municipalities of Cité Soleil and Port-au-Prince.
Gang violence, security crisis and fuel shortage in the area affect access to the area for timely assessment of the situation and possibly access to safe drinking water and health services.
The PAHO states that these factors will have an impact on the dynamics of cholera re-emergence and on disease severity in patients with acute diarrhea.