PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – To understand the gravity of the United Nations cholera outbreak in Haiti, a stunning statistic found that of the cases in the Americas (the Western Hemisphere), those in Haiti amount to 96%.
If including the Dominican Republic, cholera cases attributed to the United Nations is 99.9%. This eseentially means the hemisphere had virtually no cases of cholera before October 2010.
For the first 34 weeks of 2016, a total of 27,839 cholera cases were reported from only three countries in the Americas. The Dominican Republic had 1,039 cases, Ecuador, for some isolated cases, and Haiti with 26,799 cases. This accounts for all cholera cases reported in the Region of the Americas up to the 33rd week of 2016.
In Haiti, a total of 26,799 suspected cholera cases, including 242 related deaths (case fatality rate: 0.90%), were reported. The numbers of cases and deaths reported in 2016 are higher than those reported during the same period in 2015 and 2014, although the case fatality rate at the national level is lower than that registered in 2014 (1.05%) and similar to that of 2015 (0.89%).
In the Dominican Republic, a total of 1,039 suspected cholera cases, including 18 related deaths (case fatality rate: 1.7%), were reported for the first 32 weeks of 2016. This is almost twice the number of cases reported in 2014 (603 cases, including 11 deaths) and 2015 (546 cases, including 15 deaths), although the case fatality rate is lower than those registered in 2014 (1.82%) and 2015 (2.74%).