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Cholera Spreads in Haiti After Hurricane Matthew
Haiti is facing a surge in cholera cases in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
A woman sits on the floor as she receives treatment for cholera after Hurricane Matthew in the Hospital of Port-a-Piment on Oct. 9. Haiti is facing a surge in cholera cases in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, doctors warned as the death toll on the devastated island climbed past 1,000.
A child is being treated at the cholera treatment center at the hospital in Jeremie on Oct. 9. U.S. Marines delivered badly-needed food aid Sunday, after Haiti's government said more than 1.5 million people had been affected by the storm and 350,000 of those were in need of immediate assistance.
Children are treated at the cholera treatment center at the hospital in Jeremie on Oct. 9. Haiti's National Civil Protection agency in Port-au-Prince said Sunday that its official death toll for the country was 336, which included 191 deaths in Grand-Anse. However, a tally of numbers from local officials, compiled by Reuters, put the number at more 1,000.
A woman is being treated at the cholera treatment center at the hospital in Jeremie on Oct. 9. Missole Antoine, the hospital's medical director, said the number of patients admitted with cholera symptoms had doubled to 60 during Sunday and that four people had died of the waterborne illness. "That number is going to rise," she told Reuters as she rushed between patients laid out on the hospital floor.
Two women take care of two children receiving treatment for cholera in the Hospital of Port-a-Piment on Oct. 9. Peter Mulrean, the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, said Hurricane Matthew had been "catastrophic" for the country. "Priorities for immediate assistance are food, water and sanitation, emergency shelter, and critical health care for communities, particularly in the regions of Grand'Anse and Sud," he said in a statement Sunday.