Children account for 40% of cholera cases in Haiti

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Children represent 40% of cholera cases in Haiti

A woman treats her daughter with cholera.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced on Wednesday that about two out of five cholera cases in Haiti are in children and that young people suffering from severe malnutrition are three times more likely to die of infection.

The cholera epidemic broke out in Haiti in early October amid food shortages. food and drinking water, while armed gangs blockaded the country's main oil terminal.

UNICEF Emergency Director Manuel Fontaine highlighted the triple threat posed by malnutrition, cholera and armed violence.

Cholera is an infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food and causes violent diarrhea and vomiting. Some 10,000 people died in an epidemic that broke out in Haiti in 2010, blamed on peacekeepers.

Cholera affects both children and adults alike and can cause death within hours if left untreated.

Although the treatment is simple and affordable, Manuel Fontaine explained that it was difficult to access certain areas of Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Port-au-Prince. #x27;Haiti.

Amid armed violence and insecurity in many parts of the capital, aid teams are walking on eggshells, he said.

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