Haiti Update: A cholera epidemic has been confirmed in Haiti—a disease that has not been identified in the country for over 20 years. Significant disruptions of sanitation and water infrastructure caused by the January 2010 earthquake are likely to be at least in part responsible for the outbreak, however questions remain as to how the disease re-entered the Haitian population. Cholera is transmitted through water and food that is contaminated with Vibrio cholerae organisms. Cholera causes severe diarrhea and vomiting which quickly leads to dehydration and death if untreated. Health officials are working to bolster hospital capacity to treat infected individuals and are promoting hygiene and preventive behaviors, such as hand washing. For more information on the situation from the CDC CLICK HERE. Below is a list a resources to assist disaster relief workers and international aid organizations in meeting recovery challenges in Haiti.
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