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Violence erupts amid Haiti cholera outbreak

Haiti’s cholera outbreak, which has killed at least 1,000 so far, has spawned violent protests and at least one death of a protester in clashes with UN peacekeepers.

Cholera appears likely to spread rapidly in Haiti now that it has reached the crowded capital city of Port-au-Prince, with some health officials darkly predicting that 200,000 people could become infected with the likely death toll reaching into the thousands.

Many Haitians have blamed Nepalese UN peacekeepers for bringing the disease with them. Scientists have confirmed that the cholera strain spreading in Haiti comes from South Asia. The UN has asked for $164 million to launch a massive response aimed at preventing more cholera deaths.


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.