UN develops alert system for reporting new cholera cases in Haiti

10:00, November 10, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The United Nations has developed an alert system in Haiti to report new cases or resurgences of water-borne diseases, such as cholera, which has left 544 people dead, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday.

In Haiti, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) "says that a Standard Operation Procedure for reporting new cases or resurgences of water-borne disease, such as cholera, has been developed to support the response to the epidemic," Haq said at a daily news briefing.

"This is an alert system that will allow quicker reporting in areas with non-confirmed cases of cholera and areas with confirmed cases," the spokesman said. "It will also help to identify 'hot spots' and actions to be taken."

In Haiti, OCHA "says that the government has to date reported 8, 138 hospitalized cases of cholera and 544 deaths due to the disease," Haq said. "Those cases were reported in the West, Northwest, North, Centre and Artibonite departments."

"Some 14 cholera treatment centres (CTCs) are functioning in the West, Artibonite and Centre departments, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)," the spokesman added.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion