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Thursday, November 18

Poor sanitation could worsen Haiti cholera outbreak, CDC says

CNN.com: "Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- The cholera epidemic already blamed for more than 1,100 deaths in Haiti could worsen because of poor sanitation in the earthquake-ravaged country, U.S. medical researchers reported Thursday.
A lack of treated drinking water, coupled with poor hand hygiene and food-preparation practices, make the 1.3 million people still living in camps particularly vulnerable, according to a new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
'The course of the cholera outbreak in Haiti is difficult to predict,' the report states. 'The Haitian population has no pre-existing immunity to cholera, and environmental conditions in Haiti are favorable for its continued spread.'"
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