Haiti cholera toll tops 3,750

Haiti`s cholera death toll has risen to 3,759, government figures showed, but daily fatalities linked to the persistent epidemic appeared to trend downward in the first days of 2011.

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 23:28 PM IST

Port-au-Prince: Haiti`s cholera death
toll has risen to 3,759, government figures showed today, but
daily fatalities linked to the persistent epidemic appeared to
trend downward in the first days of 2011.

The figure, which marks the total toll from the
discovery of the outbreak in mid-October through January 7, is
just over 100 more than the Health Ministry`s previous toll
released one week ago.

Total infections rose to 181,000 in Haiti, including
101,000 people who have been treated in hospital.

The toll is a grim reminder of the precarious
conditions in Haiti one year after a huge earthquake flattened
most of the capital Port-au-Prince, killing upwards of 220,000
people and leaving 1.3 million homeless. Haitians marked the
first anniversary of the magnitude 7.0 quake yesterday.

But the cholera figures showed a drop in average daily
deaths in January.

A Health Ministry graphic showed deaths between
January 1 and January 7 averaging about 17 per day, the lowest
average of any period since the outbreak. About 12 deaths were
recorded on January 7, the epidemic`s smallest daily toll.

The numbers for the period are not final, however. The
ministry retroactively updates daily death tolls when new data
is gathered.

PTI