UN peacekeepers likely caused Haiti cholera, US CDC says

June 30, 2011 19:51

ATLANTA - Evidence strongly suggests UN peacekeepers from Nepal were the source of a cholera epidemic in Haiti that has killed more than 5,500 people, said a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

"Our findings strongly suggest that contamination of the Artibonite and one of its tributaries downstream from a military camp triggered the epidemic," said the report by the Emerging Infectious Diseases unit at CDC, which is based in Atlanta.

"There was an exact correlation in time and places between the arrival of a Nepalese battalion from an area experiencing a cholera outbreak and the appearance of the first cases in Meille a few days after," the report released on Tuesday said.

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