Friday, October 22, 2010
Five cases of cholera have been detected in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, U.N. and Haitians officials said on Saturday, raising concern over the spread of an epidemic that has killed over 200 people so far.
"We have confirmed five cases in Port-au-Prince ... they were very quickly diagnosed and isolated," U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Imogen Wall told Reuters, citing information from Haitian health authorities. They were the first cases to be detected in the capital since the outbreak started.
Wall stressed the five patients had become infected in the main outbreak zone of Artibonite north of the capital and had subsequently traveled to the city where they fell ill.
"This is not a new location of infection," Wall said, adding surveillance had been increased in Port-au-Prince, where camps house 1.3 million survivors of the January 12 earthquake. (Reuters)