Cholera toll rises to 643 in Haiti

November 11th, 2010 - 1:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Port-au-Prince, Nov 11 (IANS/EFE) A total of 643 people have died in Haiti in the cholera epidemic that is spreading throughout the impoverished Caribbean country, health officials said.

A total of 9,971 people have been hospitalised for the often-fatal disease, the first cases of which were registered Oct 19.

In Ouest province, where Port-au-Prince is located, 42 people have died, one of them in the teeming slum of Cite Soleil, on the northern edge of the capital.

Since the start of the epidemic, 450 people have died in Artibonite province, which is the region of the country that has been hit hardest by the disease.

In Artibonite, at least 7,352 people have been hospitalised to be treated for cholera.

Nord province is currently in second place with 59 deaths and 600 hospitalizations.

In the country’s Central Plateau area - or Centre province - in the east, where the first cases arose, 48 people have died, while 721 have been admitted to hospitals for treatment.


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