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Statement About the Cholera Epidemic coming to the USA

 
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11/18/2010 11:33 AM
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Statement About the Cholera Epidemic coming to the USA
The first known case of cholera in the United States has been confirmed. The Florida Department of Health said on Wednesday that a woman in the southwest of the state contracted the disease during a recent visit to cholera-stricken Haiti, where it claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people. The woman reportedly visited a family in the worst-affected region of Lower Artibonite, where cholera was first diagnosed on October 19, and the intestinal infection caused by consumption of contaminated water and food spread to the north, north-east and north-western parts of the country later. The woman sought treatment for five days this month at a hospital in Collier County for symptoms of cholera. State health officials said the woman was expected to recover fully and that there was no room for panic, as "the state of Florida, and the U.S. generally, has a very sound infrastructure for food, water and sewage," unlike the non-hygenic conditions and contaminated drinking water in Haiti. It said several suspected cases of the disease have been reported elsewhere in the state, which are under investigation. Reports say frequent travel of people -- including Haiti aid workers - between Haiti and Florida, which is home to at least 250,000 people of Haitian descent, poses a potential threat of the epidemic spreading to this part of America. The Dominican Republic, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispanola with Haiti, confirmed its first case of cholera on Tuesday. The patient, a Haitian migrant, apparently contracted the disease during his recent visit of his homeland. It was for the first time in more than a century that the dual Hispanola island nations were struck with an outbreak of cholera. Haiti's Health Ministry estimates that more than 1,000 people have died and 16,000 others infected in five of the country's ten districts by the killer disease since its outbreak a month ago.
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Yeah, I could look it up, but could you give us a link? TIA
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[link to www.rttnews.com]
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11/18/2010 11:40 AM
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There is already an active thread about this. What point are you trying to make that differs from what is already being discussed on the other thread?
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11/18/2010 11:42 AM
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Re: cholera in Haiti

excerpt from longer article:
NPR Blog Looks At Why Oral Cholera Vaccine Has Not Been Used To Combat Haiti's Outbreak

NPR's "Shots" blog examines whether the two existing oral cholera vaccines "that cost as little as $1 a dose" could help treat and prevent death in the Haitian outbreak. ..... the discussion was dropped after experts learned there were only 500,000 doses of the vaccine available in the world. Young children require three doses, while others require two doses. "There just wouldn't have been the supply. The question is: Who would you vaccinate?" Andrus said.

In addition, "[m]any public health experts say you can't use cholera vaccine during an epidemic to contain it. It moves too fast, they say. There are three infected-but-asymptomatic people for every obviously sick person, so you can't tell whom it's too late to vaccinate. It takes several weeks to vaccinate susceptible people and achieve effective immunity," according to "Shots."

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..... using vaccines to limit the disaster would require a massive increase in production of the two vaccines – Dukoral, made by a Dutch company, and Shanchol, a newer vaccine made by an Indian firm, Shanthal, that last year announced it was ready to turn out five million doses." Though bulk quantities of Shanchol could be shipped, it would take "uncharacteristically fast footwork by the World Health Organization," in addition, the vaccine has not been "prequalified," which is a required approval for the vaccine to be purchased by agencies like PAHO (Knox, 11/17).


[link to globalhealth.kff.org]
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Thread: Alert! it's happened! First detection of Cholera spread to US!!

If you want to discuss this go to this thread I made. I like debates hf

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