Haiti cholera death toll passes 3,000

Haiti's cholera death toll has soared in recent days with 3,333 people dead since the outbreak erupted in mid-October, official figures said.

Haiti cholera death toll passes 3,000

Haiti's cholera death toll has soared in recent days with 3,333 people dead since the outbreak erupted in mid-October, official figures said.

The new data up to December 26 of 432 more recorded deaths compared with previous Haitian health ministry data marked a major jump in fatalities, although it was unclear exactly when they occurred.

The total number of infections soared towards 150,000 in Haiti and authorities in neighboring Dominican Republic said Thursday there have been 139 cases there, none of them fatal.

The epidemic, which began in October, spawned deadly anti-UN riots last month as some turned their anger on peacekeepers from Nepal accused of bringing the disease into the country.

Experts say the outbreak was likely sparked by a human source from outside the region and the United Nations has promised a thorough investigation into the origin of the epidemic.

Agencies

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