Cholera’s continued spread in Haiti a ‘worrying trend’

Ulrika Richardson (centre), the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti visits a cholera treatment centre in Port-au-Prince.(Photo via UNOCHA)
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(United Nations News) As cholera continues to spread in Haiti, a $145 million appeal to support the response is only 16 per cent funded, the top UN aid official there reported on Thursday. 

Ulrika Richardson, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Caribbean country, updated journalists in New York on the deadly outbreak, which was declared on 2 October. 

So far, 283 people have died, nearly 12,000 have been hospitalised, and more than 14,000 suspected cases have been recorded. 

“What we are seeing in fact, is not only the continued increase of cholera cases, but also the spread to the regions,” she said. 

“In eight of the 10 departments there are confirmed cholera cases, and this is a worrying trend for us and for the country.” 

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