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Haitian cholera epidemic spreads


The strain of bacteria which caused the cholera epidemic in Haiti has spread to other countries. Meanwhile, victims of the epidemic in Haiti look set to sue the United Nations.

Since a cholera epidemic began in Haiti in 2010, the disease has killed more than 8,300 people in that country and there are no signs that the killer bacteria is slowing down. There are some interesting, if disturbing, facts about the epidemic. The most notable is that the strain of bacteria that was responsible did not originate from Haiti, it came from \’peacekeepers\’.

Genetic testing suggests that United Nations Peacekeepers from Nepal, stationed in Haiti, introduced the strain of the bacterium responsible for the epidemic through untreated sewage from their camp. via Haitian cholera epidemic spreads

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