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Deaths Hit 330 As Haiti Fights To Halt Cholera Outbreak

Port-au-Prince, Oct 30 : Twenty-five more fatalities have brought the toll from Haiti's cholera epidemic to 330 dead, as medical teams desperately sought to contain an outbreak that they warned could "spread like wildfire."Nearly 5,000
PTI October 30, 2010 13:16 IST
PTI
Port-au-Prince, Oct 30 : Twenty-five more fatalities have brought the toll from Haiti's cholera epidemic to 330 dead, as medical teams desperately sought to contain an outbreak that they warned could "spread like wildfire."

Nearly 5,000 patients have overwhelmed hospitals in the affected central regions of the country, and cases are now suspected just 48 kilometers from the capital Port-au-Prince, where 1.3 million people displaced by January's catastrophic earthquake are still living in squalid camps.

Days after cholera was confirmed in Haiti for the first time in decades, the death rate began to slow, although one week on it has jumped again, with health authorities announcing 25 new deaths yesterday and 65 more people hospitalised with the disease, for a total of 4,714.