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Cholera death toll stands at 2,707

world Updated: Dec 28, 2010 13:39 IST

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The Haitian ministry of health reported 2,707 deaths from cholera in the country, also with 128,251 infected people since the outbreak of the epidemic in October.

The health ministry on Monday said that the disease has spread throughout the country, but it is worse in the northern department of Artibonite, where it broke out and the bacterium Vibrio cholerae was found in the river with the same name.

The southern province of Nippes, the latest in reporting deaths, reported 44 deceased.

However, in Grand Anse, (Southwest), the situation remains complicated because people associate the outbreak with voodoo spells and do not comply with the measures established for cholera cases.

Local authorities plan to step up educational campaigns in this department to raise awareness and inform people about health measures, main clinical symptoms and guidelines to follow.

Distributing sanitary materials among the people, guaranteeing medical care, medicines and humanitarian supplies, as well as increasing the work of sanitation and purification of water are among other measures to be taken in this department.

Cholera reappeared in Haiti after more than a century that it had disappeared and has already reached the neighboring Dominican Republic, where 105 cases have been confirmed but with no fatalities.

By request of the Haitian Government, the United Nations will investigate the source of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which, according to two international studies, is abundant in southern Asia and was spread through human feces, food or contaminated water transported by people who came to Haiti from there.