Health group reports drop in Haiti cholera cases – CTV News

by Symptom Advice on September 15, 2011

Nadia Pier, a girl suffering cholera symptoms, rests as she is treated at a cholera clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Dec.6, 2010. (AP / Guillermo Arias)

The associated Press

Date: Monday Sep. 12, 2011 8:07 PM ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — a U.S.-based health group in Haiti says it saw a huge drop in the number of patients seeking treatment for cholera in the Caribbean country.

Partners in Health says the number of hospitalizations fell by 57 per cent at its 15 cholera treatment centres from July to August. The drop mirrors the caseload doctors saw before the spring rainy season.

But the group was still concerned about cholera. Partners in Health said the 5,400 hospitalizations in August are a reminder that cholera will be in Haiti for the foreseeable future.

The findings were released Monday.

Haiti’s Health Ministry says cholera has killed more than 6,200 people and sickened almost 440,000 others. a U.N. battalion from Nepal has been blamed for introducing the disease to Haiti.

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