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New sequence data: UN Peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti

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New evidence published in mBio this week provides strong evidence that United Nation’s peacekeepers brought a cholera epidemic to Haiti.

Haiti has had a terrible history of hardship, but 2010 was an annus horribilis. In January of that year, an earthquake laid flat many parts of Haiti killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated the country’s already fragile infrastructure. In October, a cholera outbreak turned matters from bad to worse. The outbreak sickened nearly 250,000 and resulted in a reported 4,670 deaths, causing widespread panic and complicating relief efforts. Rumors quickly spread that the disease was brought to Haiti by United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal, but until now the suspicion remained unconfirmed.

Click on the “source” link above to read more on mBio’s blog, mBiosphere…
 
 

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