Chikungunya, cholera and other diseases in Haiti: An ‘on the ground’ perspective with Haitian Hearts, Dr. John Carroll – The Global Dispatch

The situation in Haiti is, in one word, “deplorable” according to one man that tries to make it a little bit better.

Dr. John Carroll is an internist from Peoria, Illinois who for the past number of years, spends two to four months a year in Haiti, working in the country’s clinics and hospitals with the NGO, Haitian Hearts.

I got the opportunity to talk to John about his “boots on the ground” view of the situation in Haiti (Listen below).

Concerning the newly arrived chikungunya, Dr. Carroll says, “I think it [Haiti] is completely ripe for a massive epidemic of chikungunya”. Rainy season, a bountiful of mosquito breeding sites and a very poor sanitation system would all contribute to this.

Cholera, as one would expect after nearly 3 1/2 years, is not nearly as bad as 2010 and 2011 when Carroll said he was treating 300 cases per day. via – The Global Dispatch


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