UN: Haiti has more cholera than any other nation

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 10:03 PM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top United Nations envoy to Haiti says that country's cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world.

Sandra Honore briefed the U.N. Security Council on Monday about the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, crime rates, public health, and the cholera outbreak.

She told reporters "progress is being made" and of the 680,820 cases reported since 2010, only 6 percent arose last year — some 58,000 infections.

Honore says "the overall incidence of the disease has been reduced by half, and the fatality rate is below 1 percent, which is the alert threshold defined by the World Health Organization globally."

But she told the Security Council Haiti "still has the highest number of cholera cases in the world."

The disease is believed to have been introduced by Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers.

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