As if the recent catastrophic earthquake in Haiti were not enough, now a huge outbreak of cholera has plagued the nation. For those who can’t recall or don’t know what cholera is, it is a deadly infection of the small intestine that causes severe pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. In short, it can result in severe dehydration and death. Typically a water or food borne illness, it is a leading cause of death around the world—especially in lesser developed nations.
More than 250 people have died from the disease in Haiti already, and over 3,000 are now sick with cholera. This disease, though deadly, is highly treatable in many cases. If given the proper antibiotics, electrolytes, and treatment, many people can have their lives saved.