Haiti’s cholera crisis is showing all the signs of surging out of control as the latest death toll in the Caribbean nation climbed to 800.
More than 11,000 cases have been confirmed since the start of the deadly outbreak some three weeks ago. But, with nearly 100 people dying in just 24 hours, the infection has rocketed at a frightening pace.
The situation is now being described as threatening national security with a risk too of transmission to the US and other countries in the region.
Aid agencies continue to distribute supplies. But Haiti’s hospitals are completely overrun with reports of doctors having to make choices over who to treat.
Contagion in Port-au-Prince is the other worry. More and more cases are being reported in the capital, home to some three million earthquake survivors, most of whom live in squalid, makeshift camps.