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May 05, 2011

May 05, 2011

Experts link Haiti cholera outbreak to human actions, foreign strain

(CIDRAP News) – A report from an independent panel of the United Nations (UN) on the source of Haiti's cholera outbreak yesterday stopped short of blaming Nepalese soldiers at a UN peacekeeping base, emphasizing that a combination of factors led to the outbreak that has so far sickened almost 300,000 people.

Mar 17, 2011

Mar 17, 2011

Researchers predict high 2011 cholera toll in Haiti

(CIDRAP News) – US researchers are predicting on the basis of mathematical modeling that Haiti could have close to 800,000 cholera cases and 11,100 deaths this year, more than three times the 250,000 cases counted since the epidemic began last fall.

Jan 26, 2011

Jan 26, 2011

Studies support reactive cholera vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Against the backdrop of the ongoing cholera epidemic in Haiti, two studies released yesterday suggest that cholera vaccination campaigns launched in response to outbreaks can be worthwhile.

In a small case-control study conducted during an outbreak in Vietnam in 2008, vaccination was found to be 76% effective, according to one of the two reports published by PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

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