After Sandy, cholera on the rise again in Haiti: officials
Solange Calixte 56, speaks outside her home that was damaged by heavy rain brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. (AP / Dieu Nalio Chery)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, November 16, 2012 8:56AM EST
GENEVA -- The world's largest agency that deals with global migration says cholera is again on the rise in Haiti.
The International Organization for Migration says Haitian officials have confirmed 3,593 cholera cases and another 837 suspected cases since Hurricane Sandy's passage.
IOM spokesman Jumbe Omari Jumbe told reporters Friday in Geneva "the numbers are going up" particularly in camps around the capital, Port-au-Prince.
He said his organization has responded by handing out about 10,000 cholera kits in 31 camps this week "badly hit by cholera in the area."
Cholera is a bacterial infection that spreads through water, and Haiti's lack of proper sanitation and sewage systems makes the country more vulnerable.
Haiti was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 24, but received heavy rain for several days.