Haiti Cholera Toll at 800

November 12, 2010  |  

(Reuters) — Fatalities from the diarrheal disease have risen steadily since the start of the outbreak more than three weeks ago in the poor Caribbean nation, which is struggling to recover from the effects of a devastating January 12 earthquake.  Ezra Barzilay, an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the emergency in Haiti created by the epidemic was worsening.  “As of November 8, we had about 640 deaths. Today we are at 800,” he said in a call from Haiti to participants at a medical conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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