Officials: French report about origin of cholera in Haiti inconclusive
December 7th, 2010
11:00 PM ET

Officials: French report about origin of cholera in Haiti inconclusive

A French doctor's report suggests that the strain of cholera ravaging Haiti may have originated with U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal, but U.N. officials and others cautioned that the report was inconclusive.

The report by French epidemiologist Dr. Renaud Piarroux rules out a number of potential causes and points to the Nepalese soldiers as the most probable, said Vincenzo Pugliese, spokesman for the U.N. mission in Haiti, but it fails to deliver definitive proof.

"We have not dismissed the report but we have not accepted it completely," he said. "We remain open to investigating this, and we will get to the bottom of it."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Eric Mintz said research seeking the origin of the deadly outbreak - the death toll has now topped 2,000 since the first case was reported in mid-October - is being undertaken around the world.

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  1. RUFFNUTT

    if someone would send them some soap and sanitizer this whole problem would be over.

    December 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Homer Simpson

    you can lead a haitian to soap, but you cant make him bathe

    December 8, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • beautiz

      ur a jerk!

      December 8, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Homer Simpson

    aaawwwhhh! You dont have to sweet talk me honey, im easy like sunday mornin

    December 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nino Sylmar

    Homer, I know you're just trying to be funny with your hurtful comment, but Cholera is no laughing matter. It is very contagious and you get it primarily by drinking unsafe water and contacts with those who have it. . Haiti doesn't have enough sanitary drinking water and the disease is spreading. Just pray to God it doesn't make its appearance in YOUR neighborhood. There is already one, or several cases, reported in the U.S. .

    December 11, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |