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Haiti sees small rise in cholera cases after Sandy

Friday, November 02, 2012 | 6:20 PM    

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A spokesman for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti says the medical charity saw a small increase in the number of people infected by cholera after the destructive rains of Hurricane Sandy.

Mathieu Fortoul says the group’s cholera treatment centres in Haiti’s capital had at least 457 patients Monday. The next day, the clinics had 500 patients.

That number has since dropped. Fortoul said the group’s clinics had about 430 patients Friday.

Haiti was spared a direct hit from Sandy when the storm passed west of the country October 24. But its rain-heavy outer bands soaked the south for several days. 

Officials say 54 people in Haiti died during the storm. Many of those died trying to cross rain-swollen rivers or when their houses were crushed by mudslides.

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