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Killer cholera spreads to Haitian capital

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Killer cholera spreads to Haitian capital


The number of victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti has passed the 200 mark with five cases being reported in the capital Port au Prince.

Authorities have increased prevention measures and surveillance in the city.

Over 1 million survivors of the January earthquake are still packed into tented villages and all are highly vulnerable to the disease, transmitted by contaminated water and food.

As it stands 2,600 cases have documented with the numbers expected to rise.

Medics are desperate to contain the epidemic in the Artibonite and Central Plateau regions, north of the quake hit capital.

Health officials are urging people not to panic and to wash their hands with soap, boil all food and drinking water and avoid bathing in and drinking from rivers.

Those who fall ill are being advised to drink boiled water mixed with salt and sugar.

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