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Haiti Cholera Epidemic Could Sicken 779,000 This Year

Posted 16 Mar 2011 by

TUESDAY, March 15 – The cholera epidemic in Haiti this year will be far worse than the 400,000 cases predicted by the United Nations, new study findings indicate. There could be nearly twice as many cases of the potentially deadly diarrheal disease – an estimated 779,000 – between March and November of this year, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School. The discrepancy is important because U.N. projections determine the allocation of resources to fight the disease, said the authors of the study, published March 16 in The Lancet. "The epidemic is not likely to be short-term," Dr. Sanjay Basu, a UCSF medical resident, said in a university news release. "It is going to be larger than predicted in terms of sheer numbers and will last far longer than the initial projections." The cholera epidemic erupted in Haiti after last year's ... Read more

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