The Cholera Epidemic Of Haiti Essay example

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Haiti’s Cholera Epidemic On January 12, 2010 a massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti near Port-au-Prince where nearly one third of the entire population of Haiti resides. Ten months following this devastating catastrophe, an outbreak of cholera begin to emerge in Haiti. Prior to this, Haiti had not had a cholera outbreak in nearly a century. Fisher & Kramer (2012) reports on how a report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted the likelihood of an outbreak of cholera occurring was not possible. Fisher & Kramer (2012) describes how prior to the earthquake, Haiti needed sufficient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities. As expected, the earthquake further devastated the country’s weaken WASH infrastructure. A number of hypothesis were proposed as to the reason for the outbreak occurring. According to Lantagne, Nair, Lanta. & Carvioto (2013) three of those theory included a strain of V cholera naturally drifted in from the Gulf of Mexico by means of ocean current when the earthquake occurred, a non-toxigenic strain of cholera mutated into a pathogenic strain, and a pathogenic strain was carried in by some infected by cholera from another country. However, Fisher & Kramer (2012) reports scientists ultimately concluded that the strain of cholera which caused the outbreak was “consistent with strains found in South Asia and may have been introduced into Haiti by peacekeepers from Nepal who were part of the United Nations Stabilization…

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