Haiti will get Cholera vaccination starting April 2011

Due to the large number of Haitians who are at risk of contracting the cholera virus, the World Health Organization has decided to start a vaccination campaign in Haiti for cholera in April 2011. Ten million Haitians are currently at risk for the cholera, scientists estimated that by April, 400,000 doses of the vaccine will be available to the population and by December, close to 1 million will be ready.


Teams of the World Health Organization of will start the vaccination in the Artibonite region, where the first case of cholera was reported and also in the region where most people have been affected by the disease.

The cholera outbreak has become a major problem for Haiti in the same year this small island nation was hit by a catastrophic earthquake that killed over 230,000 people. More than 91,000 people have been affected by the disease and over 3000 people killed. The cholera outbreak is threatening the Dominican Republic, with cholera cases reported in two of the largest cities.

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