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Haiti says 138 dead in suspected cholera outbreak

An outbreak of severe diarrhea in rural central Haiti has killed at least 135 people and sickened hundreds more who overwhelmed a crowded hospital on Thursday seeking treatment.

Health workers suspected the cause was cholera, but were awaiting tests.

Hundreds of patients lay on blankets in a parking lot outside a hospital here. As rain began to fall in the afternoon, nurses rushed to carry them inside.

Doctors were testing for cholera, typhoid and other illnesses in the deadliest outbreak of disease since a January earthquake that killed as many as 300,000 people.
 
 

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