Photo: Cholera back in Hait
As the rainy season in Haiti begins there are renewed fears that another deadly cholera outbreak is very possible. There were more than 5,800 deaths in Haiti reported from the outbreak that started last year, though many suspect the number was much higher.
That outbreak which began in October was thought to have been brought in by relief workers working to rebuild the country after the devastating 2010 earthquake. That cholera outbreak subsided during the country’s dry season but appears back.
Last month in June the Health Ministry has reported 1,000 new cholera cases. The fact that proper sanitation is lacking in much of the country remains at the root of the problem. Haitians still living in temporary housing or tent cities depend on portal toilets, many of which have not been cleaned or emptied. Cholera spreads through contaminated water.
Government officials are hopeful that if cholera is making a comeback, more residents will be aware of the symptoms and seek treatment early.