I don’ think there is anybody in the world that does not remember the devastating 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010 that killed scores of people, and rendered many more (about a million) jobless and homeless. It has taken months to rebuild and rekindle the people of Haiti, and unfortunately, the process has been very slow-going.
According to CNN, an outbreak of Cholera (which “is a bacterial disease usually spread through contaminated water [that] causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. Left untreated, cholera can be fatal in a matter of hours”), has hit Haiti just North of Haiti’s capitol, Port-au-Prince. According to sources, at least one hundred and thirty-eight people have died from this disease and over 1500 have gotten sick since the outbreak.
Stretchers were lined up outside of clinics and hospitals. People waited 24 hours or more to get help which may prove deadly since it is a quick spreading disease. This is the worst outbreak in Haiti in twenty years.
A person can get cholera from contaminated water and food, so Haitians should be very careful where and what they eat and drink. If they can get new, bottled water to drink from as well as food that has been packaged, these precautions may save them.
Haiti obviously does not need another disaster, especially since it has not even been a year since the earthquake. I am sure some of the conditions are still horrible which lead to this contamination and outbreak. If you are able to help in any way, I am positive it would be more than appreciated.
A list of sites to help Haiti: