The World Health Organization (WHO) said the virulent diarrheal disease, which had affected 1,526 people as of late Thursday, would be the first cholera epidemic in a century in the disaster-prone Caribbean nation, already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies were rushing doctors, medical supplies and clean water to Saint-Marc in the Artibonite region, the main outbreak zone north of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The region is Haiti’s central breadbasket and had received tens of thousands of fleeing survivors from the Jan. 12 quake. The earthquake killed up to 300,000 people and injured thousands more, traumatizing the long-suffering population. READ MORE