Cholera death toll in Haiti rises to 3,333
December 31st, 2010
06:54 AM ET

Cholera death toll in Haiti rises to 3,333

The death toll in Haiti's cholera outbreak has risen to 3,333, and another 149,000 people have fallen sick, according to the latest figures from the country's Department of Health.

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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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November 28th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Election fraud alleged by top presidential candidate in Haiti

The front-runner in Haiti's presidential race denounced Sunday's national elections, calling for a complete annulment of the vote due to irregularities and ballot-box stuffing.

"I am asking my country's citizens, I am asking the Conseil Electoral Provisor, the government, and I'm telling the international community that as the leading candidate I'm asking for the formal cancellation of the elections," Mirlande Manigat told CNN.

At the same time, at least five other presidential candidates were gathering at a hotel in Port-au-Prince for what the campaign of contender Michel Martally billed as a press conference "to denounce today's massive fraud all over the country."

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November 19th, 2010
09:58 PM ET

Medical group blasts response to Haiti cholera outbreak

While the United Nations warned that protests were hampering efforts to save lives in the Haiti cholera outbreak, a leading non-profit group lashed out at organizations for what it called an "inadequate" response.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (in English, Doctors Without Borders) issued a blistering critique Friday that said shortfalls in resources have hampered efforts to stem the tide of disease, which has claimed at least 1,100 lives and infected another 20,000 people.

"More actors are needed to treat the sick and implement preventative actions, especially as cases increase dramatically across the country," Stefano Zannini, the charitable medical group's head of mission in Haiti, said in a statement Friday.

"There is no time left for meetings and debate - the time for action is now."

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November 19th, 2010
01:09 PM ET

How are you spending World Toilet Day?

A giant toilet was the centerpiece of a protest earlier this year in London, England.

"Today, you can talk about POOP out in the open," the One Campaign trumpeted on Twitter.

Friday is World Toilet Day, an observance guaranteed to elicit giggles.

But the day has a serious purpose: Organizers call it "a day to celebrate the importance of sanitation and raise awareness for the 2.6 billion people (nearly half of the world's population) who don't have access to toilets and proper sanitation." FULL POST

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November 17th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Woman in Florida diagnosed with cholera

A woman who recently returned to Florida from Haiti has been diagnosed with cholera, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday.

"We are working with our health care partners to ensure appropriate care of this individual and prevent the spread of this disease within the community," said State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros in a written statement.

She said Florida authorities will "continue to monitor the state for any future cases."

The news follows an announcement that the cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread across the border to the Dominican Republic.

The cholera outbreak confirmed last month in northwest Haiti has killed 1,110 people, and 18,383 people have been hospitalized with the disease, according to Haiti's health ministry.

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November 17th, 2010
07:42 AM ET

Haiti cholera outbreak spreads to Dominican Republic

The cholera outbreak in Haiti has spread to the Dominican Republic and that nation has issued a maximum health alert, its health ministry said.

The first confirmed case is a 32-year-old Haitian construction worker who returned to the Dominican Republic last Friday with symptoms of the intestinal illness, the health ministry said.

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– Journalist Diulka Perez contributed to this report.

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November 16th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Rioters threaten to send Haitian city into chaos

Haiti's government appeared Tuesday to have lost control of Cap Haitien, where demonstrators angry over what they see as the United Nations' role in starting the ongoing cholera epidemic controlled many of the streets for a second consecutive day.

At the airport in the country's second-largest city, commercial flights were suspended Tuesday. Police were not wearing uniforms in an apparent attempt to elude the wrath of Haitians, who had torched at least one police station on Monday.

The only way to get from the airport into town was by motorcycle. Barricades composed of burning tires and vehicles blocked cars from traveling on many of the roads.

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November 16th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

On the Radar: Will puts a ring on it, Medal of Honor, Haiti

Prince William's enagement – The best way to start off the morning is with a little love, and what's better than royal amour? Word of Prince William popping the question to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, is dominating headlines and Internet buzz across the world. The well-liked heir to England's throne met his betrothed when they were students at St. Andrews University in Scotland. The press has followed their every romantic turn since then. William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, said in a statement from Buckingham Palace that she and her husband, Prince Philip, "are absolutely delighted" about the engagement. The couple, both 28, plan to wed next spring or summer.

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November 14th, 2010
09:05 PM ET

Haiti's cholera death toll passes 900

The death toll from Haiti's month-old cholera outbreak has passed 900 and continues to grow.

According to statistics released by the Haitian Ministry of Health Sunday, 917 people have died from the bacteria, while there have been some 14,642 hospitalizations.

More ominous, is the spread of cholera through the squalid camps that still house hundreds of thousands of people in the Haitian capital 10 months after a killer earthquake shattered this city.

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November 9th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Social queen, Haitian dumps, gift of Buddha

The Queen's on Facebook: It's official. Thousands of people officially "like" the British Royal Family after it joined Facebook, but don't expect to see Queen Elizabeth playing FarmVille just yet. You can "like" them but can't add them as a friend.

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November 6th, 2010
07:37 PM ET

Tropical storm Tomas strengthens back into hurricane

Tropical storm Tomas strengthened back into a hurricane Saturday hours after being downgraded to a tropical storm, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, reported Saturday.

Tomas had already wrought extensive damage on parts of Haiti by the time it was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday morning. Six people were killed, homes were destroyed and streets were turned into rivers as the beleagured nation grappled with the after effects of a devastating earthquake and a deadly cholera outbreak.

As of 11 a.m. ET Saturday, Tomas was about 115 miles (185 kilometers) north-northeast of Grand Turk Island, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The storm was moving northeast at 16 mph (26 kph) and carried maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph).

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November 4th, 2010
09:45 AM ET

Cholera deaths in Haiti reach 442, health org reports

A cholera outbreak in Haiti continues to spread to previously unaffected areas in rural communities, killing 442 people and hospitalizing 6,742 others, the Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday.

Health authorities are concerned that the situation may worsen as Tropical Storm Tomas approaches the impoverished nation, still recovering from a devastating January earthquake that killed 250,000 people and left 1 million homeless. Tomas is projected to pass over Haiti on Friday.

Health officials set up six cholera treatment centers in Port-au-Prince, the nation's capital. Four of the centers are fully operational, the Pan American Health Organization said. Four more are planned.

Officials hope to create 2,000 beds in the treatment centers, the health agency said.

In addition, the agency said, cholera treatment tents will be established at 14 hospitals in Port-au-Prince as soon as Tomas clears the island nation.

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October 29th, 2010
11:31 PM ET

One cholera carrier's story

The tragic story of 22-year-old Saint Helene and her 15-month old daughter Cherie shows how quickly cholera spreads from rural to urban areas, with deadly results.

About two weeks ago, Saint Helene visited friends in Artibonite, a city about an hour north of Port Au Prince. When Saint Helene and Cherie headed back to Port-au-Prince a few days later, they felt perfectly fine. What Saint Helene or Cherie could not have known at that time is they were likely carrying the cholera bacteria back to the nation’s capital.

Withing a few days, Saint Helene became suddenly ill. Within a couple hours, she was terribly dehydrated from diarrhea, and began to vomit. A good Samaritan brought mother and her young child to the closest hospital, where Saint Helene began treatment for cholera. She had an IV placed, and was given salts to replace the lost electrolytes. All of this happened within a few hours, relatively speedy, especially given the logistical challenges of Haiti.

And, with that, Saint Helene and Cherie illustrated several important lessons about cholera. Cherie, who was not sick, reminded us the vast majority of patients with the cholera bacteria actually don’t have any illness at all. Also, it was only several days after an exposure before Saint Helene began to feel ill. She was now getting simple, yet effective treatment.

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October 28th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

U.N. investigates allegations of cholera source in Haiti

Preliminary tests on a suspected source of the cholera outbreak in Haiti were negative, U.N. peacekeepers said Thursday.

The U.N. mission in Haiti is testing waste and sewage water at the back of a Nepalese military base that is part of the U.N. operations. The first tests showed no signs of cholera, officials said.

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October 25th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

On the Radar: Haiti's cholera outbreak, Chandra Levy

Haiti's cholera outbreak – It should be possible to keep an outbreak of cholera out of Haiti's capital, but the deadly disease remains a major risk, an international aid worker told CNN on Monday.

The fast-moving outbreak of the disease, which can kill a person in hours, has claimed at least 253 lives on the impoverished island nation, which has yet to recover from January's massive earthquake. Another 3,015 cases have been reported, according to Haiti's Health Ministry.

Swimmer dies during race – U.S. Swimming Federation authorities expect to receive the body of Fran Crippen Monday. The star open-water swimmer died Saturday during the last leg of the Marathon Swimming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

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October 25th, 2010
07:41 AM ET

Cholera kills more than 250 Haitians

Cholera has killed hundreds and sickened thousands more.

CNN's John Roberts spoke to Jason Erb from the relief group, International Medical Corps, in Saint Marc, Haiti, where a fast-moving outbreak has spread. Many Haitians are still living in sprawling tent cities after January's devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

UN: Cholera cases in Haiti's capital are a 'worrying development'

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