Hispaniola’s current cholera epidemic began in Haiti in October 2010. As of mid-April 2014, cholera had sickened more than 700,000 people and claimed over 8,500 lives in Haiti, and in the Dominican Republic, had sickened some 31,600 people and claimed 470 lives.
The epidemic’s spread has slowed compared to 2010 and 2011, but the rate of infection varies with the weather. In both 2011 and 2012, the rainy season led to sharp increases in the number of cholera cases from May to November. This is likely to happen again given that sanitary conditions have not improved for the majority of Haitians.
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