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Haiti - Epidemic : 18.382 cases declared, 1.110 deaths, no slowdown in sight
17/11/2010 09:29:44

Haiti - Epidemic : 18.382 cases declared, 1.110 deaths, no slowdown in sight
Mortality from cholera continues to climb and the security situation in the north, prevent supplies reaching those which most need help. The Northern Department faces to a hospital fatality rate of 7.5%, the highest in the country, said Nigel Fisher, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti.

It is estimated that between 2.5 and 3 million people live in Port-au-Prince, but about half live in camps. The biggest fear is that the current cholera epidemic in some of the camps set up by the government where more than 1.3 million people living in difficult conditions, although the sanitary conditions in the camps are better than in many places like Cité Soleil, the risk is nonetheless exists because of overcrowding in the camps and lack of hygiene.

Assessment at the national level:
The latest assessment (cumulative) dated of Monday, November 15, 2010 and published today Wednesday by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) reported 18.382 hospitalization since the beginning of the epidemic, either 1.583 additional cases moreover of the last official assessment of November 14 (+9.42%) and 1.110 death either 76 new additional deaths (+7.35%).

Port au Prince and metropolitan area:
In Port-au-Prince and metropolitan area, (Port-au-Prince: Carrefour, Cité Soleil, Delmas, Kenscoff, Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Tabarre and Croix des Bouquets) it reported 953 hospitalization since the first reported case in this area, either 78 cases moreover of the last assessment (Nov.14) (+8.91%) and 46 deaths, either 8 new additional deaths (+21.05%).

Many humanitarian believe that official figures underestimate the scale of the epidemic.

Note: Comparisons are made between the assessment of November 14 and 15 November, 2010 (24 hours). Official figures incorporate data submitted by departments to the Department of Epidemiology and now include the cases reported by NGOs and the Cuban medical mission.

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