There’s reason to fear that this outbreak is, in the words of a colleague who’s an expert on the disease, “not your grandmother’s cholera.” The strain described by epidemiologists as “an El Tor biotype of Vibrio cholerae serogroup 01” seems especially virulent and hard to slow down. In fact, if the long history of a similar El Tor strain in Bangladesh is any indication, the disease could become endemic in Haiti. That threat makes it all the more urgent for the world to renew its relief efforts in Haiti—and to resist the temptation to write off the country’s 10 million people as beyond hope.
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