Haiti: Cholera Deaths Rise to 3,790

Haiti: Cholera Deaths Rise to 3,790Port au Prince, Jan 15. -A total 3,790 persons have died up to last Sunday due to the cholera epidemic that hits Haiti, informed an official source.

The report released by the Ministry of Public Health and Population informed that 185,012 are infected and of these, 101,016 were released after recovering from the disease.

Artibonite, a northern department of Haiti, where the outbreak was detected last October 19, continues as the hardest hit region, with 54,530 cases and 849 deaths.

The capital registered 368 deaths and the region less affected is Nippes in the southeast with 111 deaths.

Since December of last year the epidemic affected the 10 departments of that impoverished nation and extended to the neighboring Dominican Republic where at least 154 cases have been detected.

In the midst of this health emergency, international aid continues with medical presence and delivery of supplies.

Latin America and especially Cuba are noted among the main health personnel to halt the high incidence of death by the epidemic.

The Cuban Medical Brigade made up of specialists of that country and foreign professionals formed in the universities of the island has been in charge of attending more than 40 percent of those infected.

In the Centers of Cholera Treatment run by these professionals, a lower incidence of death has been reported and ranges around 0.54 percent.

According to studies of an Epidemiology expert, the disease began in a camp of members of the Nepalese regiment of the United Nations mission in charge of stabilizing Haiti. (Prensa Latina)