A 43-year-old member asked:
Why the predicted cholera outbreaks never materialise after floods?
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Infectious Disease 36 years experience
They do: They sometimes do. The best example is the recent devastating outbreak in haiti that killed almost 10, 000 people. The thing about cholera is that it has to start with someone who has it. Flooding is not enough. In the case of the haitian outbreak, the source is felt to have been infected un peacekeepers from nepal stationed along the artibonite river.
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not so...: After floods in Bangladesh in 2004 there were > 17,000 cases of diarrheal diseases to include Vibrio cholera & E coli. After flooding in West Bengal in 1998 there was a cholera epidemic with > 16,000 cases. A cholera epidemic 9 months after the 2010 Haiti earthquake effected at least 4,722 with 303 deaths. There were documented Cholera cases after Hurricane Allison in 2001 & Hurricane Katrina in
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019
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