Haiti cholera dead tops 250

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More than 250 people are now known to have died in Haiti’s fast spreading cholera outbreak.

In all, just over 3000 people in the earthquake ravaged Caribbean country have been reported with the infection.

Most of those are in Haiti’s central Artibonite region.

The discovery of five cases in Port-au-Prince had raised fears the speed of the deadly disease could outpace authorities.

But, experts are hopeful the epidemic will stabilise within the next 24 hours.

The UN has stressed the cases in the capital were people who had travelled from the infected central region to the city.

Nevertheless, many of Haiti’s poorly equipped hospitals are still struggling to cope with the volume of patients.

Contagious cholera was not present in Haiti before January’s catastrophic quake and conditions remain ripe for it to take hold.