Cholera Outbreak in Haiti
Via the BBC: Scores die in Haiti cholera outbreak
At least 196 people have died and 2,634 have been hospitalised by the illness, which causes diarrhoea, acute fever, vomiting and severe dehydration.
Local hospitals were "overwhelmed", and a number of people were being evacuated to clinics in other areas, he added.
At one point on Thursday, hundreds of people were laid out in the car park of St Nicholas hospital in Saint-Marc, with intravenous drips in their arms to treat dehydration, until it began to rain and they were rushed inside.
This is the first time in a century that cholera has struck the Caribbean nation, the World Health Organization said.
This is horrible news for Haiti. Cholera is a dreadful diseases in which one dies as a result of the dehydrating effects of vomiting and diarrhea. It is typically spread due to poor sanitation and is a disease that is especially associated with underdevelopment. Worse, it is relatively easy to treat, but the countries where it typically strikes lack the ability to deal effectively with a given outbreak.