Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dr. Jon LaPook: The cholera death toll Rising in Haiti: Inside Port - au Prince tent camps

We landed in port - in Port-au-Prince was approximately three hours to the first cholera cases port - reports to the Prince himself. Led us directly to the Park Jean Marie Saint Vincent, the largest camp tent Port - au Prince.

When I visited the camp last April, I spoke to Mr. Dubique Kobel, a Haitian-born, Cuban medical trained school physian is Medical Director of the Park, which is supported by partners in health. At this time, there are approximately 48,000 people.Now Mr. Kobel said there are "more than fifty thousand" - exact number is difficult to find Ha?ti.Le camp is clearly more important in my eyes by new housing small wooden structures route leading to the.

More than 100 people were outside the swimming and doing their laundry in very narrow environments.The water came from a well in the main.Enfants were splashing on gutters of water in my eyes, this scene is a conspiracy disaster should strike cholera.

Sebastian Petion, who was our incredible "fixer" - almost a producer - Haiti, told me that the greatest fear is a cholera epidemic in the areas of slums, where sanitation is far worse than in tent cities as Parc Marie St-Vincent-which are provided by non-governmental organizations.

Mr. Kobel said yesterday girl camp was hospitalized with suspected - the first possible case in this tent camp - cholera, but it is not yet confirmed.

William Lowry, Director of the world to clean up the world, development is here since Tuesday 19 October, and he had heard that there is a shortage of kits to diagnose disease.Absence of rapid diagnosis may create confusion because there are many other organizations such as Shigella, e. coli and salmonella, which can also cause severe diarrhea.

Mr. Kobel told me that people are very afraid that they will have the cholera.Monday, public health officials will come armed with a loudspeaker in a truck to teach prevention.A wooden structure is rige home of cholera in an area where they will not contaminate other suspected.

Of interest, Kobel m. told me that he felt that an outbreak as this may well arise much earlier without the work of the ONG.Ils have delayed the inevitable.

We now on the national route 1 North to Saint-Marc, the current center of the cholera epidemic.

I fear that this will become a disaster majeure.ha?tiens have no natural immunity to choléra.La up to five days incubation period allows apparently healthy but really infected persons and propagate the maladie.Cela could involve the whole of the pays.Je am praying for a miracle.



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