Experts Dread Cholera Epidemic in Haiti to Be Worse Than Thought

Experts Dread Cholera Epidemic in Haiti to Be Worse Than ThoughtFearing about the cholera epidemic in Haiti to be worse than thought, health experts stated that it could affect almost double of the predicted 400,000 people.

Speeding up the aid efforts, the World Health Organization is doing everything possible to contain the disease and it also issued a warning that modeling estimates could be inaccurate.

It was just last year after the devastating earthquake on the Caribbean island that first ever case of cholera was seen in Haiti for more than a century.

Cholera is a bacterial disease which spreads from person to person through contaminated food and water. It could further lead to severe diarrhea and vomiting. Young and elderly patients are especially at the risk of dangerous dehydration.

Calling it a gross underestimate, researchers at the University of California and San Francisco believed that the toll could reach 779,000, with 11,100 deaths by the end of November 2011.

Perceiving the UN estimates as crude, Dr. Sanjay Basu said, “The epidemic is not likely to be short-term. It is going to be larger than predicted in terms of sheer numbers and will last far longer than the initial projections”.

A spokesman for the World Health Organization said that there was a need to be careful as the modeling didn’t necessarily reflect what's seen on the ground.