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Cholera outbreak is still killing in Haiti!
In Haiti, a country still reeling from January's devastating earthquake, the combination of a lack of infrastructure and overwhelming poverty has left the area ripe for disease.
Cholera is an easily treatable disease that is spreading at an alarming rate in Haiti due to the lack of drinkable water.
God's Children Ministries are making an urgent plea for help for the Haitian people. Unsuspecting Haitians went about their normal routines, never knowing that they were consuming and bathing in infected waters.
The first occurrence happened on October 16, 2010 when a young man went down to the water to bathe as he normally did every morning. He was later found lying near a tree, where he had fallen after coming out of the water. He had a terrible stomach illness that left him too weak to even walk to his home. His family had no idea that he had the dreaded disease. Cholera didn't even have a name in the country at that time. The young man had died by that afternoon and was buried in a trash-strewn graveyard, the first of many.
Since the outbreak in 2010, there have been thousands upon thousands of deaths of Haitians, men, women, and children. The frightening thing about this disease is that it kills so quickly! Half of the people who become infected die very quickly if they are not treated. Those who do survive suffer at the hands of the disease for days and days until they become so weak that they cannot even move or eat. Children suffer the most, as their little bodies are unable to handle the ravages that this disease places on them. As child after child dies, it is imperative that the world gets involved to help these vulnerable people and stop the spread of this killer disease!
If the cholera outbreak were to reach the makeshift camps, where over 400,000 homeless Haitians live, the outcome could be catastrophic. Thus far, government and nonprofit workers have managed to keep the disease from spreading beyond the Haitian countryside.
Not only is the cholera outbreak still going strong, but 97 new victims of the disease are affected every day. Reports state that around 200 die each month of this horrible disease. As of May 2012, 7,628 deaths had occurred. The rapid spread of this disease began when the Haitian people were already experiencing great tragedy through the devastation of the 2010 earthquake. Water and sewage treatment were inadequate due to the devastation, and this caused a tumultuous spread of cholera throughout the country. It seemed almost overnight that the disease had spread to all ten provinces of Haiti. It has even been seen in around 400 cases in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
Today, it remains a crucial moment for aid workers rushing to save lives and keep the disease from spreading to Port-au-Prince's tent slums during the rainy season.
The Haitian government and agencies like ours are reaching out to the Haitian people to help provide medical treatment and vaccines to stop this great threat. The executive director of God’s Children Ministries in Haiti said, these efforts are very expensive for us, yet we must not give up for the sake of the Haitian people who need us so badly!