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Icelandic Red Cross Helps Fight Cholera in Haiti

Three members of the Icelandic Red Cross are currently in Haiti helping to combat a serious cholera epidemic.

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From Haiti shortly after the earthquake hit in January. Courtesy of ICE-SAR.

Birna Halldórsdóttir, the manager of the Red Cross tent hospital in Carrefour, said in an announcement that approximately 10,000 people are ill and 643 deaths can be traced to cholera, visir.is reports.

“But many cases haven’t been registered and some say this number can be doubled,” she pointed out.

The disease has reached the capital Port-au-Prince and is described as a “ticking time bomb” in the refugee camp where hundreds of thousands of people are staying.

Cholera causes serious diarrhea which leads to dehydration. The Red Cross has been working on preventive measures, such as improved hygiene.

Halldórsdóttir is accompanied by the nurses Kristjana Thorláksdóttir and Ragnheidur Thórisdóttir, who traveled to Haiti at the end of May. The Icelandic Red Cross has sent 27 volunteers to Haiti since the earthquake hit early this year.

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