October 24th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

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

The confirmation of five cholera cases in Haiti's capital is a "very worrying development," a U.N. spokeswoman told CNN.

Public health officials are working to keep the country's cholera outbreak from spreading in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where tens of thousands of people are still living in sprawling tent cities after January's devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The fast-moving outbreak has claimed at least 253 lives on the impoverished island nation, and another 3,015 cases have been reported, according to Haiti's health ministry.


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  1. j rob

    Haitians ever hear of hygiene?

    October 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gilbert

    People need to eat more fiber. Thank you

    October 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    I am appauled at some peoples ignorence and lack of respect for the Haitians. The right thing to do help,pray,or shut up..

    October 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimits

      The U.N. and the rest of the world have been helping Haiti "big time" for decades. It's half of a small island, WTH. Obviously the U.N. is useless and all the money in the world won't fix the mess. Maybe it's time for the people of Haiti to stand up and control their own destiny for a change, instead of waiting for someone else to do it. Have a great day!

      October 25, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. j rob

    I will do none of the above. If they can't help themselves, they are hopelessly lost. Cholera is spread by poor hygiene. praying won't make it go away. These people don't take care of themselves. so they live in tents, well when I was in the army, I lived in a rent with 13 men for 9 months but took care of myself.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. k

    what a way to go crapping your self to death, why would you not take some sort of precautionary measures( boil your toilet water before you drink it) when you see others sickened/ dying. You simply cant pray for microbiology to change

    October 25, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. k

    one big septic tank, maybe one mans garbage isnt another mans treasure. This is insane! How pathetic can one place be. Natural selection? Here is compelling proof.

    October 25, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bond, James Bond

    ive already tried shaken haitians, they didnt sit well. Get it didnt sit well, as in cant stand or sit, and the whole sick crapping your self til you die of dehydration, funny stuff huh??

    October 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |