The cholera outbreak in Haiti left at least 490 dead

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The health authorities assured that the average age of those infected is 19 years and the positivity rate is 37.25%, but the group The most affected age group is 1 to 4 years old, with 374 confirmed cases out of more than 3,000 suspected cases

The cholera outbreak in Haiti left at least 490 dead

A young man suffering from the symptoms of cholera is helped upon arrival at a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

The Ministry of Public HealthHaiti has confirmed that cholera has claimed the lives of 490 people since its outbreak in October last year in the Caribbean country; a health crisis that adds to the backs of a country in a state of food emergency and ravaged by crime.

According to the latest official balance published late Saturday by Haiti Libre, Haitian health authorities have A total of 1,742 confirmed cases while they try to finish verifying another 24,536 probable ones. The number of hospitalized with symptoms has risen to 20,505 since the declaration of the first case, on October 3, 2022.

The health authorities assure, in a bulletin , that the average age of those infected is 19 years and the positivity rate is 37.25%.

56.60% of the accumulated suspected cases are men and the rest are women. The The most affected age group is 1 to 4 years, with 374 confirmed cases out of more than 3,000 suspected cases.

The cholera outbreak in Haiti left at least 490 dead

Cholera was introduced into the nation in October 2010 by Nepalese troops that were part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), causing at least 10,000 deaths in the country. EFE/Orlando Barría/Archive

The most affected department is the West, where Port-au-Prince is located and more than a third of the population lives, with 1,155 confirmed cases out of 16,408 suspects.

< p class="paragraph">This health crisis occurs at a time of extreme insecurity to the point that the Government of Canada has announced the transport of armored vehicles to Haiti to deal with the insecurity crisis facing the Central American country.

The Canadian Foreign Minister, Mélanie Joly, and the Defense Minister, Anita Anand, reported a few weeks ago that the Executive has thus responded to the Haitian government's requests to strengthen security.

To this must be added the hunger crisis. In this sense, the Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, has announced that the country will begin to receive financial support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to respond to the food emergency.

The cholera outbreak in Haiti ; it left at least 490 dead

The health authorities assure, in a bulletin, that the average age of those infected is 19 years and the positivity rate is 37.25%. (AP)

As reported by the head of the Executive branch, Haiti is one of the first countries to benefit from this program –called the Food Shock Window– and will allow it to implement “a series of social protection actions,” he detailed last weekend. week in a message via Twitter.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned last week that the world is suffering an unprecedented number of cholera outbreaks in affected countries by weather disasters and other crises, while vaccines to prevent this disease have become “exceedingly scarce”.

Cholera killed at least 7,000 people in this nation after the epidemic of the disease that began after the 2010 earthquake and whose origin was presumably in a discharge of fecal waste into a river by blue helmets that were part of the UN peacekeeping mission that was deployed in the country.

(with information of EP and EFE)

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