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Cholera surges in small town in Haiti after storm

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 2:53 PM    

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The summer storm that killed at least 28 people in Haiti apparently is also bringing a surge of cholera to at least in one small town.

Alain Legarnec of the French aid group Doctors of the World says a clinic in Jeremie treated 77 people for cholera in recent days. He said today that is a five-fold increase from last week and is most likely caused by rising river levels. Cholera is a bacteria transmitted by water.

The storm flooded towns and destroyed houses throughout the capital and southern Haiti. An estimated 7 inches of rain fell over a week. Six people have been reported missing.

Cholera has sickened more than 330,000 people and killed nearly 5,400 people since the Haiti outbreak began in October.

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