The rains in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in recent weeks, and their consequent floods, have caused a reappearance of the cholera epidemic that only in Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, has resulted in more than 18,000 new infections.

Until June 12, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health had recorded more than 344,000 cases of cholera and about 5,400 deaths since last October. Only in the Haitian department of Plateau Central have at least 62 people died in less than two weeks. For its part, the Dominican Government has indicated that since the detection of the first patients have confirmed more than 1,700 cases, in addition to 46 deaths.

The spokesman of the WHO, Tarik Jasarevic, has explained that they are occupied near the 72 percent of the 2,300 beds in centers of treatment against the cholera and units of treatment in the metropolitan zone of Port Prince, most affected.

The WHO has pointed out that the state of the water and complicated health care remain the main concerns to combat the epidemic. In this regard, the Haitian authorities have tried to improve the quality of water and health services, while they have launched campaigns to call the population to prevention.


Haiti suffers from post-hurricane cholera outbreak (November 2019).