Haiti's cholera outbreak has not peaked: WHO

11th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

The cholera outbreak in Haiti that has claimed 3,651 lives has not peaked, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday.

"We think that the peak has not been reached," said Fadela Chaib, WHO spokeswoman, of the deadly disease that has also infected 171,304 people.

"The peak has not been reached because it would require the mortality rate to drop to less than one percent from 2.2 percent at the moment. That would take several weeks," she said.

Chaib also pointed out that in certain rural areas, more than 100 new cases of cholera were being detected every day.

© 2011 AFP

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