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Haiti Cholera Epidemic Could Sicken 779,000 This Year
Date:3/16/2011

,100 deaths in the next eight months.

The researchers also examined the impact of making clean water more available and the use of vaccines or antibiotics. They found that a 1 percent decrease in the number of people who drink contaminated water would prevent more than 100,000 cases of cholera and about 1,500 deaths this year.

In addition, simply offering vaccination to an estimated 10 percent of the population could save about 900 lives, and more widespread use of antibiotics could prevent 9,000 cases of cholera and about 1,300 deaths.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about cholera.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, March 15, 2011


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