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Haiti battles deadly cholera outbreak

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Haiti battles deadly cholera outbreak


Authorities in quake hit Haiti are battling to tackle a deadly cholera outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 140 people.

So far about 1500 cases of the virulent intestinal infection have been reported in the centre of the Caribbean Island.

Health officials say it is the worst medical crisis since January’s devastating earthquake.

Doctors and medical supplies are being rushed to hospitals in the central outbreak region in an effort to prevent the epidemic spreading to the capital Port-au-Prince.

So far no cases have been reported in the city, but some 1.5 million people remain homeless in the city following the January 12 quake that killed nearly 300,000 Haitians.

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