Cholera In Haiti
Varilie L. Williams
HCS/245 Introduction to Health and Disease
University of Phoenix
October 25, 2010
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Diseases can be defined as an abnormal condition that makes a person or country ill. It is usually accompanied by some type of signs or symptoms and some types of risk factors that it is originated from. This usually is resulting in a medical condition whether it can be physical or mental and sometimes leads to death. Diseases affect all persons whether it is domestically or internationally. Diseases can be a result of a person’s environmental conditions. This spread of disease is what is currently taking place in Haiti as discussed in articles written by the Wall Street Journal and The Global Post. There is an outbreak of the disease Cholera in Haiti that is affecting many people young and old.
Cholera, an acute diarrheal disease caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium vibrio cholerae, can be spread when food or water becomes contaminated by the feces of an infected person. It rarely spreads from between people. The signs and symptoms are severe nausea and vomiting, watery diarrhea and fever. With this symptoms leads to dehydration and even shock and usually then is when the disease becomes fatal.
The death toll from a cholera epidemic in Haiti topped 250 Sunday, and a handful of cases in the country 's capital were confirmed as government officials and aid groups prepared for what they call an inevitable spread of the disease. ”All told, about 253 deaths and 3,115 hospitalized cases were reported as of Sunday in the Artibonite Valley in the first major disease outbreak in the country since the Jan. 12 earthquake. Reports of suspected cases in the Artibonite, Port-au-Prince and a few elsewhere poured in over the weekend, including 45 ill in Arcahaie, between Port-au-Prince and St. Marc, where many of the cases have
References: McKay, Betsy, Cholera Toll Tops 250 in Haiti (2010, October 24) Wall Street Journal Retrieved October 24, 2010 from http://online.wsj.com/article Cholera, Retrieved October 24, 2010 from http://www.medicinenet.com/cholera